I am a high school special education teacher in a very competitive public high school. My students are smart (as far as special education goes) and 100% of our kids pass the state exit exam on the first try. The majority score Proficient on the state standardized exams. We have a few teachers at school who simply terrify my students. The smartest kids in school get Bs and Cs in their classes and my students get Ds and Fs. I've had several students who have had panic attacks and come to me crying because they are afraid to even go to class. My question is, as a second year teacher (most teachers have been at the school 15+ years), do I shut up and just comfort my students? Or should I let someone know? How can students be expected to learn when they are afraid to be in class?