I posted about this briefly in another thread, but I decided to bite the bullet and resign from my current Teacher Assistant position. My administration pulled me from my position in December and placed me in the ABA room with a virtually nonverbal student with Autism who had a history of being violent. He was almost the same size as me, and was putting his hands on me on nearly a daily basis. I consulted with the behaviorist, followed through on all behavior plans, and his mother always commented on how much he loved me and started saying my name at home. I was shoved into brick walls, had the hair literally pulled out of my head, was scratched, kicked, bitten, and punched. This happened to the classroom teacher as well. I filed incident reports, met with and sought help from my administration, who basically were just turning the other way and were extremely unsupportive. Most of our day was spent dealing with this student's behaviors, and it was impacting the educational instruction of the other student in the room as well. The meltdowns were becoming stronger and stronger (force wise), and recently, I sprained my back at work. I asked my administration for restraint training (I have never been formally trained) and was told that it wasn't necessary. Between the injuries, and the fact that I am VERY uncomfortable putting my hands on ANY child, especially without training (and especially with the amount of force that was required to stop a student who was almost as big as I am), I decided to resign. From a moral and personal standpoint, I was VERY frustrated with the situation, and am upset that it has come to this. I really tried to tough it out, and I've NEVER left another job in education before midyear. If someone asks me during an interview why I left this position, how should I respond? I am very concerned as to how this could impact my future career. I don't want to badmouth my previous employer, but the things they were doing really didn't sit well with me. Is there a "correct" way to respond to this question? Thanks.