Teaching should not be policing, but in many cases it is. Teachers must protect their own safety, as well as the well-being of dozens of students in their care. The success of the classroom teacher is most often based on the relationship he/she builds with students and the boundaries that are set at the beginning of the school year and regularly reinforced. But far too often, the path to connecting with students is obstructed by the baggage of their home life, the impact of social media and the countless negative influences that they encounter each day. The reality is that more students pack hurt and pain in their backpacks than actual notebooks and pencils. While this is never an excuse for violent behavior, it is something that cannot afford to be ignored.