The most unpleasant thing has just happened today. I have just been off work due to a bereavement of a close family member and I was called into meet with the head and deputy head this morning. Too my horror they both stated that taking time off was unacceptable and have given me two options. Either: 1. I leave 2. If I stay, they are going to immediately undertake disciplinary procedures due to poor attendance and because being upset over the death is bad for the school. Of course, I have been sad as is expected, but O have not been breaking down ***** nilly. I cannot understand this. However I have never taken any time off before, and am experienced teacher with good results. Also, they stated that the stress the bereavement was causing me was not good for the school or the learning of the students and to keep my sorrow to myself. I have contacted my Union who will do what they can, but it seems little can be done and if they want rid of me they will get rid of me. Has anyone ever witnessed anything like this happening before?