A friend of mine who teaches high school English has been having some trouble lately. A particular student in one of her classes is a star football player and has begun to fail her class recently. As the responsible teacher she is, she sat him down and discussed his options with him last week (make-up work, extra credit, etc.). Now this young man has gathered the gumption to walk into her classroom and physically threaten her if he does not pass. We want to know, what can she do about it? There is obviously the option of talking to the administration, which she has done, but they want her to just be careful about what she says to him becuase most students just say things like that when they are angry. They want her to report if he says anything again. I am afraid that this kid will actually do something. He's a huge football player and she is a petite woman in her forties. If he does assalt her, can she physically defend herself? How will this look in the future for her to other administration?