Sorry this is so long, but I have been struggling with this situation all week. I am looking for some feedback on what you would do if you were in my shoes. On Monday, I had a student (4th grader) explode for some unknown reason. He has had episodes like this before, but he crossed the line Monday. The room was silent, and I was standing next to him. All of a sudden, he stood up, kicked and broke my pocket chart stand, threw his chair over, and charged back at one of my girls and started arguing with her. I pushed the intercom for the office and rushed over to where he was. He drew his arm back to hit this girl, and I yelled at her to leave the room. He continued arguing, then punched the cement wall. Since this has happened before, I immediately asked my intern to get the rest of the kids out of the room. As the students were leaving, he grabbed another boy by the neck and began punching him. I managed to get the other boy away, but the first one then turned around and punched me in the arm. He hit me hard enough, that 2 days later, my arm is still sore. At this point, my assistant principal walked in and handled him from there. The resolution was that he was suspended for 5 days out of school, had he been 10 (his 10th birthday is in 3 weeks), he would have been expelled. My adminstration has had a meeting with his mother to put him in an alternative education class for behavior special needs (based on his history, it's obvious this child has issues that need professional help). If central office doesn't complete this placement before Tuesday, he is due to return to my room, but he will have a therapist with him, apparently. Had this happened 3 weeks later, he would be expelled, but because it didn't he can come back?!?! I really do not feel comfortable with him in my room, because he has crossed the line. There are no set patterns for when he will go off, and I do not feel my students are safe, nor do I feel I am safe. I know that, legally, I can push to have him removed permanently from my room. My question is this, should I push to do that, or wait and hope the ALE conference is held? What would you do if this was one of your students? I realize that he has issues, but we do not have a medical diagnosis, and I do not feel prepared to handle the special needs he has.