Hi, I recently started teaching at a new school. As a high school teacher I teach a range of students, most of whom are quite nice. Unfortunately a few days ago I was told that one of my students is accusing me of physically assault. She claims that I pushed and slapped her in class, so hard that it actually left a bruise. Since then I've been having panic attacks and difficulty sleeping. I've called in sick because I'm so overwhelmed with stress that I cant even go to work. I just feel powerless. And whilst everyone at work says they are supportive, there is a definite sense of suspicion and distrust. Unfortunately mud sticks, especially when it involves something as serious as assault. I am on contract until the end of the year at which point they are almost certainly going to let me go. I would have loved to have stayed at this school permanently, but its looking unlikely now. I'm even thinking of leaving teaching altogether. Advice?