I believe what keeps me from sending kids to the office to my being unable to "pull the trigger." One part of me somehow decided that their behavior (especially 5th period) isn't "serious" enough. The 3 that I sent before hit someone, called a girl a b%tch, and used the n-word. Those were no-brainer decisions and automatic. I'm just finding it so difficult to "put up with nothing" as the P would say. A veteran teacher says if the learning process is disrupted, that is serious enough to get sent. It's like this. If I see a kid and his head is turned and I tell him to turn around, he turns around. Now, if he turns his head around again, is that "serious enough" to get sent to the office? Or another who makes noise and I warn him to stop. If he starts again, is that serious enough for an office referral? The admin says anything that keeps others from learning is serious. What about my 2nd period class which contains someone a "retard" and then the one called a "retard" returns the insult with "you're stupid." And then it stops for a bit. Then it starts again and then stops. I'm lost and feel "powerless" even though I theoretically hold all cards! I need some advice, please! I think I've harped on this so much during the two months I've been teaching and just no closer to finding what works! What sums it up is what I said during student teaching. A student asked if I had written anyone up yet and off the cuff I said, "I don't have the balls to do it." Then everyone laughed when I didn't realize what I had said. But I think what I said above still rings true!