Is it time to think of a new career? Background: I am in an elementary school which has just added 6th grade. I teach 6th grade science, this is my 1st year. The school has a lot of children with serious behavior issues. Lots of them have to wait until "their medicine kicks in" before we can even teach them. One child in particular has his mom making excuses for him. Shows up unannounced in my room during my planning periods, and before school, making demands, that we right down his assignments, for him, and allow him to turn in homework late, and to look through his bookbag for his stuff. She has even gone so far as to claim that someone stole his book, when 3 out of 5 days he has it in class. The kid is no better, he's crazy as a loon. He punched a child because of something he "thought" he said (And let me add the principal is a little on the weird side too). The dish: I gave the entire class a copy of portions of a test I was making, no answers, just the questions, ( I wanted to go over the type of questions I would ask) I said " Do not write on these, out loud to the whole class, just look at them for a few minutes". I went next door to get something from the copier, I come back and this kid has not only written his name on it, but he has started answering the questions. I took it from him and repeated do not write on it. I tore it up, and gave him a clean copy. He got mad and tore it up. I gave him another one, he tore it up. I told him to get out and go to the office, he jumped up in a threatening manner, and bowed up at me. I said boy, you better get out of here right now before I knock you out. Again, this child bowed up at me, and had his fist up. I picked up a chair, and said, get out before I hurt you little boy. And he started to go out, I put the chair down and made sure he was going down the hall, he turned again like he was going to hit me. By this time I was livid, I did not hit him though. His mother came in with all kinds of excuses (he's tired (can't be tired from doing my homework because he hasn't done any in over a week), "oh he had a stroke when he was a baby" - WTF? hello he's 11 now! The kid can't even talk for himself she feeds him so much bull. He can't even remember what he was so angry about, he said he was mad because of what he thought one of the kids might have said! The kids said nothing to him, but they did laugh, when I took his paper away. (the little buttmunches that 6th grade boys are) Anyone have any advice, besides me going out to ask for a xanax prescription. He was suspended for one day. I know I shouldn't have picked the chair up, but I wanted some space between us, so I wouldn't strangle that child. Any advice on how I should document this, I'm sure the principal is going to interview the kids to ask what happened.