I'm torn. I don't know whether to press charges and I need some advice. Today in my third bell class I was getting the students quieted down at the beginning of class when I noticed a student was not in his assigned seat. I asked him to move to his seat. He ignored me. I asked him a few more times. When he continued to ignore me I moved from the front of the classroom to the back so that I was closer to him. I wasn't anywhere near his desk, I was a whole row away from him, standing near the desk he was SUPPOSED to be at. I asked him again to move to his assigned seat. He said "F*** man, get out of my face!" He then continued to curse and got up. He started moving toward his assigned seat; however, he had to pass behind me to get to it. As he approached me he started saying "Watch your back. Watch your back." As he went around me he used his arm against my back to shove me. I felt his whole arm against my back shoving me with enough force to cause me to stumble into the desk in front of me and catch myself against it. I wasn't hurt but I had him removed from my class and informed the administrators about what happened. I also wrote up a statement about what happened. I just don't know if I press charges. This is the third time I've been pushed or grabbed in this school district in the four years I've been here. The other times I didn't press charges and the students spent 5 days at home and then came back. I want to press charges because this student is dangerous and detrimental to the classroom environment. However, i'm worried that, if I do, I will cause problems for myself at the school and in the community. It's a very small, rural community. I don't know if I've ever heard of a teacher pressing charges against a student here. I'm trying to weigh both sides. I can press charges but it might hurt my career here and might cause the community to see me in a bad light. Then again, if I don't press charges...how much worse will it be next time it happens? Any suggestions?