Okay..... let's play mythbusters. All my life I've heard how you can take legal action if someone so much as lays a finger on you. Especially in school where they scare the crap out of you about physical contact with your kids (pat on the back type stuff.) I'm sure some are familiar with my husband's situation in the rough school. He's still there and we're still complaining... sorry! But things will be changing in a week so he's going to stick it out. Anyway, dh has a student named *Milly* who acts like dh has brought the wrath of hell down on her. She will glare at him any time she gets and cusses him out. He just smiles and waves and says "HI MILLY!" really cheerful. Ticks her off. Anyway, one day in the cafeteria she had something she wasn't something to have so he goes up to her and asks for it. Of course she doesn't give it. So he blocks her path. She cusses more and shoves into him to get by. He lets VP know and VP sends her home for the next few days. Just the other day dh covered the computer class for another teacher and was annoyed to find Milly in the class. The kids were supposed to be doing a math quiz and instead Milly is looking at myspace and watching music videos. Dh walks by and reaches down to her keyboard to hit the key code that closes all windows (something + F4?) She grabs his wrist and shoves it away shouting "BOY YOU BETTER GO SOMEWHERE!!" He has four numbers for the girl, all leading to a dead end. So he turned in the referral marking that he couldn't reach anyone. VP finds the referral in his box this morning while my husband was there. He pulls it out and hands it right back to him saying "You can't turn this in saying you can't reach the parents.. call her mom." Dh explained the phone situation and he basically brushed him off. Other teachers at his school were surprised about what he deals with and urged him to take it to the cop stationed at the school. He goes to the cop and they tell him there's nothing he can do since here intent was not to harm him. WHAT???? They even used the example of if he's blocking a door and student wants by, he can shove my husband and my husband can't press charges because the student was not intending harm but just wanting by. Funny enough this exact situation played out an hour later. Dh was told by VP to not let anyone out during lunch so he stands in front of the door. Student comes and shoves him through the door. Luckily they were in a foyer (without cameras) where my husband then shoved the kid against the wall, pinned him there with his chest and got in his face and told him how it was. I was so happy to hear this. Dh needed that so bad.... The kid scampered off with his tail between his legs. Anyway.... did anyone else have this same misconception about the definition of assault and all that??? There needs to more PD about teacher rights and all that.