I am in desperate need of advice. I started this year in a district that appeared well organized and academically motivated. I was hired, completed PD. Prior to school even starting, I found out the area around the school is unsafe (to put it mildly) after hours. I had 3 separate incidents with non-school folks approaching me as I left after hours. One incident, while it did not become violent, should have prompted a police call but I was too shaken & not thinking right. School started, school refused to provide me any supplies, insisted it was on students alone and my own funds (which were limited from moving) until it was approved in 6-8 weeks. Six students total brought pencils and little else. Tried to teach with what I could get/afford. Principal was unhappy right away, said I'd be docked on my first evaluation when it came around. I was also told discipline is non-existent, principal told me not to bother sending them over and no teacher issued detention or referrals would be honored. Classroom management was a nightmare as kids knew nothing was in place. I was told the previous teacher left due to a nervous breakdown. I'm afraid I wasn't too far behind, I started having severe panic attacks and was hospitalized for 3 days due to blood pressure fluctuations and other stress related issues. I realized these issues (and many, many more which would take up too much space to describe, too) were a breaking point. They told us all they don't do contract releases, only resignations. Beyond overwhelmed, I tried to resign, but they refused it. I sent it certified, they won't sign or pick it up. Everyone involved has got together now and is agreeing I have not attempted to contact them or resign, I am abandoning my contract without cause if I quit. I am unsure who all I should contact, but they won't stop harassing me about wanting to leave. I don't care at this point if my license gets pulled, I just want to get far away from the school and left alone. I am only worried because they threatened legal action and extreme fines if I follow through and I don't have any extra income for legal assistance or fines. They haven't even paid me at all since I worked there, either.