A few months ago there was a video being played on the news of a middle school classroom which was in a total state of anarchy. A student secretly filmed the going ons of her classroom from her cell phone in order to show her parents and the administration what was going on in her class. If you watch the video, you see kids wrestling, throwing objects, running around, screaming and turning the lights off and on. The teacher looks like he's given up and is just sitting at his desk. I think, although I am not sure, his contract was not renewed due to the video. I have a hunch that it wasn't all the teacher's fault and that he had weak administrative support. Why do I think this? Because last year I was the fourth long term sub for a middle school classroom, The teacher quit after a week, and the two subsequent LTS quit after a couple of weeks of dealing with out of control students. I hung in there for six weeks until they found a permanent teacher (who later quit) and what I saw on that video matched what I saw going on in my own classroom. I would call the principal and ask her to come in and she replied that I needed to handle this on my own and not to issue any referrals as the office is backed up. Then I called security and asked him to come in and speak to the students, and instead was reprimanded by the vice-principal for doing so. She said that it looks bad to have campus security in the classroom and the parents did not like it. Nothing else I tried worked, including keeping them in at lunch, after school, and calling their parents. They simply did not care. While I never gave up like the teacher in the video did, I was rendered helpless in gaining control of the classroom. I still have nightmares about it. My point is that while that teacher in the video bears the responsibility of his class being out of control, the adminstration needs to share that responsibility because I have a strong hunch they did nothing to help him.