I'm probably just assuming this, but I get the idea that most teachers on here teach in safe suburbs where the kids are well-behaved and have little issues. It just doesn't seem like people discuss behavior issues that much. I would like to have a discussion about this, so I feel better about my past experiences teaching . I feel like not many people out there understand what I've went through these last few years, so it would be nice to hear from other teachers what struggles they went through with teaching in bad neighborhoods. I'm going into my 4th year, and all 3 years were in the roughest neighborhoods of NYC. My first 2 years weren't all THAT bad, because my husband and father in law have taught in rough areas of the city too, so they gave me good advice to start off. But I transferred to a school closer to home this past year, and it was AWFUL. Way worse. It's probably because i transferred 2 months into the school year, so it was difficult for the class to have their 3rd teacher by November. What are some of the problems the kids in your schools go through? I've had all sorts of stuff happen. These are my stories of kids in Kindergarten and 1st grades. Some kids witnessed shootings and seeing people get killed on the street, their parents doing various criminal activities, shelter kids having tantrums all day long. I once had a kid throw a piece of glass at my head, I got things stolen from me, kids doing graffiti outside, older brothers getting my kids involved in gang activity...stuff like that. I'd love to hear some stories some of you have went through. We can all share our struggles of teaching in "the hoods" I actually just transferred to a better area. It's in a middle class area right on the border of the suburbs, so it will definitely be a nice change.