Hello all, *This may need to be moved to the My Horrible Day thread but I need to write it for cathartic reasons... I've been supply teaching for the last six years but have been in teaching overall for going on 25. An incident occurred today, at what I consider to be one of my "good" schools, which has induced me to making my first post. Here's the Cliff Notes: 1. Kid wants to push desk next to friends' so I reluctantly agree - refusal will prob cause confrontation. 2. I tell kid if there's problems she'll need to move the desk back (to retain some semblance of order and control). 3. Arrangement is clearly not working: loud chat, unfocused nonsense and disruption ensues. 4. I ask her to move the desk back - get an outright refusal. 5. I go to move desk back to the original spot being extra careful not to cause any injury whatsoever. 6. Get accused of the desk hitting her foot. (It was never near her foot - I made absolutely 100% sure - been in the business too long.) 7. Kid puts desk back next to her friends' table and carries on. 8. I start writing a statement in an effort to show there will be consequences. 9. Kid decides to walk out of classroom 5 minutes later, never to return. Friend decides to leaves 3 minutes later as well. 10. Next lesson I finish writing out my statement of what happened. 11. Get a visit from safeguarding guy who wants to see me at the end of the day. 12. Get to his office, give him my statement and explain the events very clearly making it plain that I was VERY careful when moving the table and that it did not strike her foot. Result? Get told at the end of all this; "Well, I'm sure it was an accident" and ominously asked "...And which agency do you work for again?" as if I've done something wrong and phone calls will be made. My credibility and work prospects at a "good" school may take a hit but it's great to know that the interests of sweet and innocent 12 year old children who can do whatever they want are protected. Just wanted to write this to those who can identify - I share your pain.