Is detention the harshest consequence you can give them? I’m thinking, if they assault another kid, or tell you to F off, what consequence would that entail? Can you give other consequences? I make my students stay in at recess or lunch to do work if they are lacking focus, have no work output or just for a quick detention because they haven’t followed instructions. They eat their recess or lunch while they are with me, so they aren’t lacking in sustenance but it’s still a consequence they thoroughly dislike. I usually only have to do this for the first half of the year for a very tough class. In the second half of the year, relationships are established, classroom management and expectations are established; they don’t see me as the enemy, they behave for me because they want to please me, and I don’t have to do this anymore. I guess what I’m trying to say is, if you give your harshest consequence at your disposal for relatively minor indiscretions, then what is the next step up for the larger major indiscretions?