I would appreciate your opinions on this one please. In my school the number of parental complaints has risen dramatically since the start of term. Speaking to friends, including from other schools, (on Saturday night in the pub) some have noticed this too. Examples. In one instance on a yuftie a teacher challenged a pupil for throwing a rubber around the room. The only thing the teacher might have done wrong is get a little too close physically to the pupil concerned. The pupil took this as being "confrontational" and the parents complained to the school. The school had a meeting and a follow-up meeting with my friend, who is at a loss as to what the fuss is all about. Also, he is a bit upset. I advised him to let his union rep know, as a courtesy if nothing else. Another friend kept a pupil behind so they could explain their poor behaviour to the PT. Whilst this was going on the pupil looked out of the window, uninterested. The teacher said to the pupil that it was polite to look at the person who is speaking to and it's rude not to; the teacher also questioned the pupil that she was sure his parents didn't bring him up that way. The mother complained to the school that the teacher had said she wasn't raising him properly. Friend 3 has a pupil named after a well-known song. Towards the end of a lesson the teacher jokingly asked the pupil to sing the song - and the pupil started crying (!). There was a parental complaint about this too. Now, I have a number of issues with these “complaints” but I only want to deal with a few. Firstly, why are schools taking these “complaints” seriously? Secondly, am I wrong and these incidents were serious enough to merit a “talking to” from a DHT? Lastly, assuming these incidents are really bad, how far could the school go down the disciplinary route, if at all? And, yes, I have nothing better to do at twenty to one in the morning!