My entire career was spent in an environment like many here have described. I was hit more times than I can count, had a lit M-80 thrown at me, regularly cursed out, saw a computer teacher take a punch square in the face - sustain a broken jaw - he later told us the principal would charge him (the teacher) with job abandonment if he missed more than 3 days for medical treatment, and other things too numerous to mention. The worst was when there was a drive-by shooting at dismissal one afternoon (I observed it from a 3rd floor office and saw the kids diving behind the bushes) and after security called out over the radio "Shots fired! Shots fired! Call 9-1-1!," the principal burst on the radio countering, "Oh, you mean that car back-firing? No one call 9-1-1!" The principal's sole interest was in not attracting the attention of the central office or getting bad publicity in the newspaper. Unfortunately, I see it spreading around here, further and further out from the city. Leadership/Administrators are focused soley on the enforcing the "C.Y.A" policy for themselves and decline to perform their actual job of supporting the staff. They've even gone to the extent of intenionally giving poor observation scores (under that "Danielson Model") to excellent teachers because they've written up (what I consider) justifiable disciplinary reports in an effort to maintain some sense of classroom managment.