After almost 10 years of teaching I have been recently assulted both physically and verbally by a student and to be honest I am upset at how the system seems to work. I was just curious if I was over reacting and the response I got is pretty much standard or if things are done differently elsewhere. Essentially I was punched/shoved from behind with no warning or reason the subjected to a verbally agressive tirade from the student when spoken to by me. There was lost of shouting, swearing, and agressive posturing on the students part before they walked off. A member of staff walked by and informed others as per procedure, I informed the incident as per procedure. Then had to teach my lesson/s. At lunch I discovered the incident had not been picked up / student had not been seen. I was upset at the time why noone had popped along to see if I was OK. Someone did pick up the incident then, witness staments, from others, an incident report from me were completed and the student was off for 2 days until a meeting was arranged. Today I saw the student in school and in lessons. To be honest I am shocked that such behaviour warrents only 2 days at home (not a formal 2 day exclusion) until a meeting and the removal from my one lesson (student has been out of other lessons with me for some time due to a redduced TT). Is anyone else shocked that this can have so little consequence or is this the norm? I have got my school to discuss emergeny procedure at a year team meeting as a reult of expressing my unhappiness with this. But I guess I can do little else. The parents and students have been told this is the consequence for the actions, the meeting has taken place. All I wonder is what does a student have to do to recieve a more serious consequence. Am I overreacting to be unhappy with the consequence and the resolution? Do most schools deal with such incidents in a similar way? All and any replies gratefully recieved Night Owl.