I have a girl in my class who I'll call Beth. She is mostly white ( birth mom's white, dad's half white, half black). She was also recently adopted from the foster care system. I teach in an inner city school and there are NO other even remotely close to white people there except for me. Here's what happened: A few days ago we were playing a math game and I heard some of the boys teasing Beth, but didn't hear exactly what they said. I called them out on the teasing and didn't hear anything else, but apparently that's only because they got more subtle about it. Several minutes later, Beth ran crying hysterically from the room. Turns out they had been harrasing and threatening her simply because she is white. This had been a minor problem in the past, and I'm not exactly sure what's caused it to escalate into threats of violence, but I think it may have something to do with the fact that they are currently studying the Jim Crow laws as part of black history month. I got Beth sitting in the office with the secretary trying to calm her down and then went back to my class and read them the riot act. I may have gone a little overboard, but hey, I was way past livid. Bascially I told them that there are two types of people in this world: good people, and jerks, and all I saw in front of me was a bunch of jerks (okay, maybe I shouldn't have done that. I was mad). I also told them I was well aware of what they said about me regarding being a white chick behind my back, but I didn't give a rat's behind about what a bunch of 12 year olds thought of me. They could make fun of me all they wanted, but realize, that the need to make yourselves feel better by putting somebody down was a sure sign of a weak person. I told them the only thing that makes anybody better than anybody else is how they treat others. The better person doesn't mistreat anybody. Anyway, Beth never did get herself calmed down enough to come back to class. I'm still mad enough at this class to spit nails. I know my tirade probably went a little overboard, but these little chits needed a wake up call. Now that it's all done and over with, what would you guys do?