I have a 10th grade student that I had last year as well for English. He has always been borderline passing, and runs to me at the last minute before grades come out....only because he plays football and baseball. I always told him there was nothing I could do and that he had to basically suck it up and work harder. (I guess he never took my advice) He barely passed my class last year. Earlier this year, his dad passed away. While he was out due to his father's passing, I didn't send any work home and didn't make him responsible for it. I figured that he had WAY too much on his plate as it was. The rest of the year...like it was last year....he acted up in class, wasn't prepared and never studied. Baseball is extremely important to him....so I let him pass for this last 6 weeks (I basically bumped up his grade, but didn't tell him). He took his final today and totally bombed it. He made the lowest grade in his entire grade. So, when I factored that grade in, he still barely passed for the year....but only because I helped him for this final 6 weeks. One of my coworkers has his sister and she said that "she was just going to pass her on through" because of her dad. I'm new and I did the same thing. BUT, I feel crappy about it. He didn't deserve it. I would feel better about it if he had been working even semi hard and just struggled during the time of his dad's passing and after. I guess it doesn't help that he came into my class yesterday and said "It's your fault I failed the TAKS test." As far as I'm aware, he has never passed the TAKS in the past. I didn't want to be the B**CH because it's a small town and I know everyone would be saying "I can't believe she failed the poor guy after his dad died." Am I an ugly person for wanting to fail him?