Hi all, I came to this forum because I would like some anonymous advice (want to protect the privacy of a student) over something that had been weighing in me since the end of the academic year. The title says it in a nut shell, last year I had this amazing little girl in one of my classes but her parents are some of the most questionable people I know and I am struggling with what would be the right way to help without 1) over stepping and 2)causing undue prejudice towards this student. Here is the story. Last year I had this really intelligent little girl (13 years old, 8th grade) in my home room. She is very sweet very polite, adorably cute and very smart. She was one of my best behaved and highest achieving students. I was super shocked the first time she got in trouble and I had to speak to her. Part way through the school year a few teachers informed me of a rumor that this little girl was doing home work for other students in exchange for money. I didn't initially believe it because this girl was just so cooperative, intelligent and behaved. One day in the hall i saw a little boy passing her a little bit of money so I watched what they were doing. She opened up her knapsack and it was filled with candy, chips and other junk food, she proceeded to let the little boy take a bag of chips out and then closed her bag (our school did away with vending machines a couple years back so selling junkfood is a bit, just a bit, of a no no). I didn't say anything to her right away since this in and of it self wasn't a huge deal and I didn't want to make her late for her next class. I figured I could just pull her aside the next day during home room. So the next day at home room I asked her to come chat with me in the hall, she eagerly complied. I told her that I saw her sell chips to a student the other day and told her that students shouldn't be running under the table businesses at school. She didn't deny what she was doing, and she was really polite about it, but she defended what she was doing as free market enterprise. She said she saw that there was a demand for chips, candy and cookies so she invested her lunch money at the supermarket by purchasing bulk packages and was reselling to her classmates. She told me that she is routinely doubling and tripling her investment. Her exact words were "this is how the triangle trade we learned about in US history worked". Like I said this girl is extremely intelligent. I told her that, in any case it is against the rules for her to be doing this and that I would need to confiscate her junk food. I walked with her back into the classroom, grabbed her back pack and we went back into the hall. I asked her to empty her bag and she politely complied. As she was pulling out the candy and stuff I noticed that she had several math worksheets in her bag that she shouldn't have had. I know because she had me for math as well and these sheets are assigned by another teacher. I took them from her and saw that she had at least 6 copies of one assignment all completed with the names of 6 other students in them . This confirmed that rumor that she was selling homework assignments beyond any doubt. I asked for another teacher to watch my class and immediately took her to the AP'S office to have a conference. The weird thing was through this whole situation her demeanor was chipper, polite and cheerful despite being caught red handed in academic dishonesty. It was like she didn't see anything wrong with what she was doing (I would find out later that it was because she knew she wasn't going to be punished by mom and dad). Anyways when I got her to the AP'S office both the AP and I questioned her about the homework sheets and she just matter a factly told us again that she saw that there was a demand so she stepped in with a service; supply and demand. The AP told her that this isn't acceptable and that she would have no choice but to suspend her and without changing her demeanor she just said OK. By this time I was dismissed to go back to my class while the AP phoned the parents and handled her. The parents came and got her and she was out of class for 3 days. When she got back, she was the same polite little angle she was before and behaved like nothing happened. I pulled her aside to talk to her and she was not any different than before. I asked her if we could move beyond the incident and she said yes, I then asked her if her mom and dad were mad and she told me no, she then added that her dad took her out for ice cream and that her dad said the AP and I were socialists who didn't have any respect for the free market. I was taken aback but I just let it go and chalked it up to the normal disdain that some parents show towards us when we discipline their children. This little girl is far from the worst behaved so I just let it go. After that I watched her a bit more carefully to see if she was still up to any trouble but I saw nothing. A month or so later we had parent teacher conferences and that's when things clicked. An aside, I teach in the same district which I came up in. In fact the junior high school I teach at feeds into the high school I attended (class of 2006). Anyways, when this little girl's mom and dad walked in a light bulb went off on my head. I actually went to high school with both these people. They were high school sweethearts who were definitely an odd couple. I didn't have any classes with either of them so they didn't recognize me but I certainly recognized them. They were serious trouble makers when I was in school and both of them were constantly at odds with teachers and administrators. Back in school both of them were known for doing stuff like selling papers, lab reports and stuff like that. This is where my student got this from. I didn't let on that I remember either of them and just went about the conference as I would have for any other student. They seemed genuinely happy when I told them how well their daughter did in my class and how much of a delight she was to all her teachers. When I got to the topic of her suspension things got a little heated. Mom couldn't seem to understand what the big deal was and dad started to a dress me as "Chairman Mao". I told him that, he was behaving inappropriately and that he can leave if he wants to continue. That's when he told me "whatever you say Chairman Mao" and he got up and left. All mom did was laugh and snicker and told him to pick up some pizza if he was leaving. After he left I tried talking seriously to mom but she behaved just as flip and arrogant as she use to back in high school. I finished the conference and she left. So it is clear that my student is following in the footsteps of mom and dad. I find that very troubling. She has a whole lot of potential to do some amazing things but u am afraid that she would become just as rotten as her folks. This is where I am at a loss. I have been weighing if I should talk to some of the teachers she will have next year and possibly her guidance counselor so they know who is coming. On one hand I think that if they had their eyes on her early they can catch any behavior and nip it in the bud. It would be good for her so she will know from the beginning what is acceptable and what's not and it would be good for academic integrity since it is almost a certainty that she would engage in the same academically dishonest behaviors that she got caught for, especially since the parents seem to be encouraging it (the parents seem to encourage other dishonest behavior too). H On the other hand, I am afraid of prejudicing her future teachers against her. This girl really is a sweet heart and she is no where near as abrasive and confrontational as I remember her parents were back in the day. However, her parents, mom especially, read a holy terror at that school and I am afraid that this student would be treated different solely because of who mom is. What would the right thing to do here be?