As anyone who knows a teacher can tell you, the most difficult part is not the students, it's not even the paperwork, most of the time- it's the parents.
Now, I must preface this with the fact that in my two years as a teacher I have been blessed with AMAZING (classroom) parents. They have been kind, helpful, and caring. I still keep in touch with many of them today. (One even reads the blog!) Have I had a few that were not so hot? Sure. Heck, I even laughed during a parent conference once. And not because of a joke. He said he didn't understand why his child wasn't gifted, since he was highly gifted himself. That's funny crap, right? Oops. Overall though, I really haven't had any "horror" stories.
That being said, I am seeing them left and right this year! I have decided that the behavior of the kids is usually a direct reflection of the parent. Want to know why a student is disrespectful, talk to his mom for 5 minutes.
Today, a parent called the school and said that their child (who was in trouble yesterday for being disrespectful) wasn't being disrespectful by ignoring a teacher. He didn't say a word. That sweet little angel. So, how could he be disrespectful?