I was doing report cards today and one of my students comes from a really messed up home life. The parents are divorced and it was a really bitter, angry divorce. Mom is a really tightly wound, angry woman. I was filling out the report cards and I gave the child an improvement needed mark for behavior. I mentioned it to the child's former teacher and she advised me to give the child a satisfactory because she was afraid of what the mother would do to the child if there was a bad mark on the report card. She suggested that I address the behavior issue in the classroom and let the parents think that everything is fine. I have no reason to suspect abuse but I thought I would err on the side of caution. We had a child last year who was removed from the home because of abuse. His teachers knew that behavior issues were to be dealt with in school because of the way mom would react. Is anyone else in this situation? I asked the social worker back in the fall to create a support group for children of divorce so this kid would have a safe place to deal with her issues but this child's mother never sent back the permission slip.