Hello everyone, Before I begin this post, I would just like to state for the record that I have scanned the message boards for a similar post. Yes, I did look through several pages of several boards. I say this because I have had someone jump down my throat about a post I made because I should "look around....[the person was] sure there's a similar post on here..." So I have taken my time to look, have not found a similar post, and would just appreciate some perspectives on my question . If you personally know of another similar post I should check out, then by all means suggest it as well... Now for my question: I teach 9th grade. I have a class in which the same 3-4 students create a disruption of some kind every time we have a "common assessment " test. These typically take all of class. Students are required to remain quiet and asked to read when they finish, although of course many do not... In this class yesterday, I had a student cuss out another (he was still on his test). The other responded by standing and posturing in front of this student, threatening to punch him. I wrote a referral for both. The same student who stood and threatened the other eventually pulled out a phone and played music out into the room. I tried to take up his phone. He refused to give it up, so I had to do another write-up for defiance, which is in the student and also teacher handbook. The listed consequence is ISS and behavior contract. Finally, a third thought it would be cute to just blurt out and loudly ask questions about why his friends were in trouble , etc. After about 4 warnings to get quiet and focus, I ended up writing him up too. This type of thing happens about once a month. We had a team meeting this morning and I asked the principal what was ever going ro happen with this class. Her response was to stop writing it up and handle it in the classroom! I told her I believe some things are beyond both my place and my capacity to handle! Furthermore I pointed out that these types of serious disruptions are NOT fair to the other students who are trying to concentrate AND that this does not happen in my other classes. She proceeded to ask if anyone else on my team was having trouble with these students! The 1 with the fighting threat and phone defiance has been 100 different kinds of trouble to everyone ,even her (the principal) since school started. And she is not a new principal. As I've said, this does not happen in other classes. I have done only 17 writeups this entire year. The FIRST was all the way in November . The offenses were phone defiance (3), extreme disruption (1), being MIA (unaccounted for - 3), sexual harrassment (1), bullying (3 - same day, three students, same class!), language (2, after multiple verbal warnings. And this was extremely derrogatory language - 1 was using the term "queer" and the other called some students effing b-words...), and 1 count of plagiarism on an essay test, which violates the school's honor code. He plagiarized the ENTIRE essay, not just parts. Of those 17 writeups, 11 have been in that class for these same students!! Is there anything I can do about this? I am just really stuck and frustrsted. I mean, I think I have got the immediate problem figured out thanks to a talk with a veteran teacher ,but I am anxious about the idea that I have no more support than that from my principal! I mean, I really cannot get over the fact that given the nature of what was in these writeups, her solution was to stop writing them up!!