I am a first grade tecaher in southern California and I have a very challenging class this year. There are 3 boys who are extreme behavior problems, and 1 was diagnosed with ADHD. I have received two parent complaints so far. Neither parents came to talk to me first. They went straight to the principal. The nature of the complaint is that their child doesn't like to come to school because they said that I yell at them and I had hit oone of them on the hand with a dry erase marker and the other with her name card. Both parents said that their daughters never had behavior problems in Kindergarten and liked school. Well, I looked at their CUM file and talked to last year's teacher, and saw a history of behavior problems, all documents w/ U's and N's and negative comments on the reportcards. Furthermore, the parent had made the same complaint last year to the principal. I am innocent of these alegations, but nevertheless, I was given a reprimand by my principal which will be placed in my personnel file. She did not do an investigation nor interview my two eyeswitnesses. I have a parent volunteer and a teacher's aide who are present in my classroom everyday. I went to the union because I felt that I was not given any due process, and the union's advice was to "toughen up"!!! I thought I should file a grievance, but the union advised me not to. Yesterday, my principal called me via phone, and said that she received another parent complaint about me. When I asked her who made the complaint, she said she couldn't tell me. Isn't that ridiculous? Well, once again I asked for the union's help by providing me with a representative to accompany me to the meeting and the president said she was busy and so did the grievance rep. I am so appalled that I won't be receiving any representation which I am entitled to and pay for in my dues. I am extremely nervous about this disciplinary meeting. Has anyone ever experienced this or beeen issued a reprimand? Any advice will be appreciated!!!