I'd like your opinions on an issue I had earlier in the week. First of all, I have a problem student. He has been a problem all year (and previous years). He constantly is disrespectful (back-talks and argues with me) and is a behavior problem. His mom avoids his teachers at all cost (doesn't show up for conferences), and when I inform her of his behavior (like locking a kid in the bathroom), she replies that she'll "talk to him about it." In the last month, he has been written up 5 times- once by me, once by the art teacher, twice by the music teacher and once by the bus driver. All for being disruptive and arguing with an adult. Tuesday, he asked to use the bathroom about 15 minutes into the day. No big deal. However, he instead went to the office and called his mom to come get him. He didn't like what we were doing that day. He did not ask to use the phone, and I would not have let him since he was not sick. I did not know he snuck in to use the phone until after he left (I became suspicious and asked the secretary who confirmed it). I was angry that he did this, as he is in serious jeopardy of being retained and should not be missing any days (he is already an attendance problem). I tried to call his mother immediately, but both contact numbers had been disconnected. Wandering the halls and going places he shouldn't have been a problem with him all year. Earlier in the year, he got in trouble for playing in the bathroom when he was supposed to be in the library. It has been discussed with his mother earlier in the year. I discussed the current situation with my mentor, and she suggested I have someone accompany him in the hallway so he goes exactly where he shoud be and comes right back. So, I wrote his mom a note and sent it home the next day. In the note, I suggested that she double check her contact information, as I could not reach her using it. I also said that he did not have permission to use the phone and I was disappointed in him for doing so. I also told her that he would now have a hallway buddy, because it is important for me to know where he is at all times (again, this was discussed earlier in the year, where I stressed this to his mother. If there was a lockdown or something, I need to know where he is. After all, I am responsible for him). Well, she was very angry, wrote me an ugly note (saying somedays he just needs a break from me) and went to my P. My P is angry with me and says that students can call home anytime they want- it is not my business. And, she is mad I didn't come to her (I told her that I went to my mentor and isn't that is what she is there for.) Was I out of line? Do you think students should be able to call home whenever for whatever? I feel that unless they are truly sick, they should not get to call home so they can go home.