Suspend the Kids!
If you get suspension happy to modify kids' behavior, you may want to think again. They will be back and will probably exhibit the same behaviors soon. So let's think about how we can keep kids in school.
The next time a student in sent to your office with that dreadful discipline referral, get the student to talk about what happened. Guide them them through steps they could have taken to prevent the situation from getting worse. As you listen attentively, it might spark a need for your to dig deeper into what may have happened that the teacher did not necessarily see--pre-existing issues that was not the kid's fault, being bullied, you name it, I've seen it!
Even though suspension is an option, some are discretionary and it may not always be best.