Recently my students have been getting worse and worse (9th and 10th graders). For example, today a student was talking back to me and demanding that I do _____________. I looked at him and said "I don't speak to you that way so I would appreciate it if you didn't speak to me in that manner." He proceeded to say," Go ahead, call my mom. You're a joke. She thinks you're a joke, I think you're a joke, this class thinks you're a joke. No one will take you seriously." This isn't the first time he's said that to me. I've called his mother about it, spoken to him about his behavior. He is basically, nasty toward me no matter what. I have a number of other students who are that way. They tell me I smell fishy...to not walk around so much because they can smell me, that I'm a nasty b****. The hits keep coming. Usually I speak to them first about the incident. I then call their parents. I document all of this. When it comes down to the last straw, as it did today, I write them up and try to let the administration deal with it. I don't know what more I can do. I handle it as best I can. I always treat them kindly and model the types of behaviors that are appropriate. I believe the problem is in the administration. They are not consistent. They handle things differently for different students. I wrote a few up today and I know that some of them will be given a talking to, others will have in school detention. In school detention is a joke. They basically get to do whatever they want to in the trailer behind the school. It's more of a free day than anything and the students come back worse, confident that the worst thing that will happen when they act up is that they will get a "free day." I've even had the principle or asst. principle bring a child back to my class and tell me that I need to apologize to the student or that I shouldn't provoke the student. If my, trying to teach, is provoking...sorry...I thought that was my job. I just get so upset because the students know that the teachers have no say here. They know were are the low man on the totem pole and that they can talk their way out of punishment. As a result they behave any old way they want to, and if they do get in trouble they get mom in here to get them out of it. Basically, the administration, babies them, there are no consequences. I don't know what to do. I feel I've tried everything. Other teachers here have even tried to speak with the superintendent and we were told that we were not "allowed" to try to contact him. He doesn't want to talk to us until we've talked to the very people who aren't doing a thing. Any suggestions? Your opinion is valuable to me right now!