I teach 6th grade language arts at a middle school. The kids have a sufficient break between classes, and all of their classrooms are very close together, so they don't have to walk across the school to get to from one place to another. They have plenty of time to use the restroom between classes. Of course the same kids ask to be allowed out of class on a regular basis, and we have a real problem with some of them causing trouble around the school. I seldom let kids out, especially those who have caused trouble in the past and constantly ask to go to the restroom. So today one of my students (one of the usual kids who always asks to be allowed out of class), wanted to go to the restroom, and I told him he would have to wait until after class. He then became loud and argumentative, and when I still refused to let him go, he just walked out. The entire class was waiting to see what I would do, so I just remained calm and kept on teaching, while I took a referral form and started filling it out. The boy came back, and I said nothing to him about it. (We're not really supposed to send them directly to the AP's office; we turn in our forms and wait for them to be called in several days later.) When I was finished giving the instructions and got the class started on some work, I walked over and said to him quietly, "Of course you know I had to write you up for that." He said, "But I really had to go. I really meant it that time." I just said, "Okay, but now it's between you and the AP." He tried to argue again, and I just said, "That's an interesting point. Be sure you remember to bring that up to the AP." THEN, about 10 minutes after boy #1 came back, another boy did the same thing. This particular boy loves to wander all over the school, and all of his teachers have been asked to keep him in class. So he asked, I said no, he got mad, I ignored his anger, and he marched out. Again, I calmly filled out his referral as the class looked on. He took a while to come back, so I suppose he was looking to see if any of his friends were out wandering the halls, which is what he likes to do. So that's it. I didn't make a big thing of it at all, I didn't say a word about it to the class, and I didn't make a big issue of it with the boys when they got back to my class. Anyway, I'm wondering if I should address this issue to the class, and if so, what should I say? I don't want them to start getting the idea that this is a cool thing to do. A lot of my students think it's cool to get in trouble, and well worth a few days of in-school suspension. I talked to a couple of other teachers, and they suggested that I should not allow students who do this back into my class in the future. I could either direct them to stand outside, or send them on to the AP. (As I've said, we're discouraged from doing this, but other teachers do it anyway.) I just don't know. I'm only a second year teacher, and this hasn't happened to me before. Any ideas or thoughts would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!