Yesterday, before school, our infamous 8th grade group (not my students) set off a couple of fire-crackers. This was while we had a whole bunch of students on the basketball court after they've been told they can't be up there without supervision. I was passing by, and immediately kicked everyone off the court. I was discreetly cursed out (eh, who cares?) but most of these kids who didn't know me previously realized that I wasn't a teacher they could walk all over. I am getting the sense that our students in our school believe that all of the teachers are soft and easy on misbehavior, and that they aren't going to be held accountable to the rules. They tried to argue and debate with me thinking that would work (because it works with other teachers). I ignored all of it, and kept them off the court. I got the dish about who set off the firecrackers from a student and sent the info to the principal. The principal said she couldn't really do anything about it without hard proof, though she was SURE (as was everyone) it was who I had named, because she's been dinged so often for giving consequences disproportionately to students of color. This entire year all of the teachers have been realizing that we haven't been holding this bunch accountable, for their actions. I don't think it's my P's fault, because her hands are tied by the Ed Code. I agree that students of color definitely face more discipline than caucasian students, and that sometimes it's unwarranted, but I think these restrictions keep schools, admin, and teachers from being effective. The fact is, misbehavior occurs more often with students of color. The issue stems from the socioeconomic and institutional racism that is rife in our country. This means that students of color are forced to grow up more often in impoverished homes, with families that have to work many jobs just to make ends meet, and so don't have the time and ability to discipline their children. Or sometimes they lack the education to do what is really best for their children and instead fall into the many traps that are laid for poorer families. (alcoholism, drugs, gangs, etc.) So I think it's a problem, but the appropriate solution is not to stop holding minority students accountable for their behavior. That will only worsen the situation because then they are disrupting their own learning and the learning of others. This problem has seeped into all issues with holding students accountable, because our P can't hold only caucasian students accountable and not the students of color, because that's clearly unfair. So caucasian students who misbehave get away with it too, now. How are things at your school in regards to holding students accountable for misbehavior. I understand that this might be less of a problem in less diverse schools.