My school has recently received a reference from my last school stating that I had some problems with behaviour in the classroom. Other elements of the reference are very good. However it seems this is a sticking point for my school now. I have explained that, yes, I had behavioural problems with one class in particular, that was mirrored throughout the school and it was found that the girls involved had made a facebook hate site about me and a few other teachers which was causing the ongoing problems. Im fairly certain the girls were gang related. I was a supply teacher at the time, no one spoke to me about my handling of this group, other than to tell me to drop my standards and lower my expectations nor did I get much support in terms of HOD and HOF detentions. I tried to put the girls on report but they just tore up the reports, screamed at me and left the room. I used to lock my door through lunchtime as they would bang on my windows and doors constantly or run into my classroom at will, screaming and carrying on. I will admit that it was the worst teaching job I have ever had and soon after I left and got a job in a much friendlier school and have had no major behavioural issues- in fact I would say my classroom mgt is one of my strengths. When I left my last school the mgt asked me if I would make a complaint to the police about these girls...they said that they wouldnt but would back me to do so. I just wanted to be rid of the entire scenario so I did not follow this up. My head has called the previous HOF who wrote the reference and she refuses to alter it in any way. She now says that there were complaints by parents however is not prepared to give any evidence and I have never heard about this so the reference is getting worse. My school is now trying to terminate my contract on the basis of this reference even though I have worked for them for nearly a year and I have had no problems at this school and have never had disciplinary or competancy actions. I realise that they dont want to lose me but their hand is being forced as it is not a good reference. Can I be held responsible for the behaviour of these students even though I did my utmost to combat it and to restore order to my classroom? Is it reasonable grounds for dismissal in a subsequent job? Thank you for any advice you can give me.