Can you tell me what you do with high school students who insist on using profanity in the classroom? I've tried a number of things, none of which have worked. At first, I tried warning them and then calling parents and writing them up (if the problem continued). This didn't work. The student apologized at the warning and continued to cures. When I called the parents they would do one of two things. Either they would say they were going to talk to the child or they showed me why their child curses so much. When I wrote the students up, the principle began visiting my classroom; assuming that all the write-ups meant that I must not be an effective teacher. The constant visits brought on new problems (i.e. less respect for me). Then, I tried making them do something every time they curse. Some teachers make them do push ups. They refused. I made a worksheet they had to do each time they cursed. They threw the paper on the floor and cursed further. Finally, I gave up. Now I simply give them a look when the curse or say their name. They apologize and I inform them that I don't want an apology if they aren't going to stop. They don't stop. I don't write them up because then I get the rep. of being a bad teacher yet all of the kids know that, because the administration fails to support us there isn't much we can do to the by way of punishment. What do you do when the students curse? How do you handle/eliminate it?