A hypothetical scenario. A teacher is given a class in which there are up to ten unruly, abusive pupils. The pupils swear at the teacher, make threats of assault against the teacher, cause endless disruption and refuse to engage in lessons. This situation lasts from start of term all the way to Christmas break. The teacher has used every conceivable strategy in the classroom, reported the situation to head of department, guidance head, deputy year head, head teacher and finally Union Representative. Despite this, the teacher is still suffering verbal abuse from the pupils and the school are blatantly failing to give adequate support. The question is: what if the teacher refused to teach these pupils? Is this a justifiable course of action?