I am in a dilemma. Last weekend, my students and I finished up our theatre season for the year. One of my student's parents bought a cake for the cast. My seniors said a few words, thank yous, and then one of my seniors (whose been with me since she's a freshman, and who I think of as my adopted daughter, a whole other story), decided to smash a piece of cake into my face. The other seniors joined in, we got dirty, then it ended, and we cleaned up. I did laugh, I thought it was funny. There was no cake throwing, there was no forceable attacking of others with cake, and there was no inappropriate placing of cake, nor did I put cake on any of them. We cleaned up everything. A parent called to complain or maybe mention that it happened. Although they didn't say so in exactly those words, my principal made it seem that it was inappropriate. I have been thinking about it all night, and I don't see it. Why is this any different than a sports team picking up the water cooler and dumping it on their coach when they win a big game? I am just oblivious to things that are offensive? My theatre students and I are very close--I see many of them 8-9 hours a day during tech week, and many have been with me since their freshman. I am friends with many of their parents, and for some, i am the only family they have. I see what happened as some good natured celebration. I'm starting to think I'm in the wrong business.