I have been teaching bd kids for a number of years now. It seems they are getting tougher, meaner, and more "out there" all the time. I prefer working with elementary kids, but have been moved to middle school, and am also working with high school kids. I used to love my job, but this year is no fun most of the time. It seems the older kids are really into trying to impress each other with how gangster they are, and some staff memebers don't do anything about it. Of course, this just means it is ok to misbehave! I have a new kid that denies it, but I am certain has gang affiliations from his former state. Another new kid is fresh out of a max. security juvenile detention center. So many seem to be living only to be rough and impress each other with toughness. The principal is often away on administrative issues, etc. Right now I can't sleep well, and have a constant knot in my stomach because I can't stop thinking about it. That is NOT my style! I have a bad feeling about the way things are going in my school, and fear something "newsworthy" might happen. I realize that the statistical chances are against that, but that doesn't stop the worry. I suffered a permanant injury several years ago due to one of the "out there" kids, and I have decided to go for a new job next year. I am determined to do a good job this year, no lame duck teaching for me. But at my age, (late 50's) I wonder about age discrimination making it hard to get a new job. Probably not if I stick with BD in the age range I like to work in. So.....how do you guys deal with a situation that is eating at you? I'd quit now and get a new job, but they'd probably not release me from my contract, and if I left anyway, they'd probably go for my license. Any suggestions or ideas here? Talking to someone in the district would most likely make me a target, so that is not a good choice. Thanks, Bummed out on the Job I used to Love!