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“He doesn’t do this at home.” The mother sat, frustrated, angry, at the end of her rope. Facing her was the teacher, frazzled, frustrated, also unsure of what to do with the student, who now sat calmly when only minutes before was overturning furniture and spitting at her.

Completing their circle is the assistant principal. He asks questions about meds, about the home. Then he questions the student.
“Do you like school?”
“Then why do you act like this?”
“I want to go home.”

The assistant principal makes eye contact with the teacher. She waves a hand at the student. He is telling the truth, not just saying what he wants to do now. This is why he does it.

“I’m going to leave it up to you, Mom. Do you want to take him home or have him finish his day in ‘in-school’ doing work?”

“Today I want to take him home. We’ll talk.”

The teacher’s blood pressure rises. This is giving him what he wants, and saving the punishment for another day. Great, stretch it out. The meeting adjourns. The teacher is magenta.

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Comments (3 so far!)

  1. Avatar ethelthefrog

    My own kids tend to save their destructive behaviour for home: they’re little angels at school. :-/

    I can see how the teacher would be frustrated by this situation, but such things are rarely solved by punishment. Understanding is the only productive first step. I can see this teacher coming to a sticky end if she doesn’t find some time to understand him.

    Minor note: the meeting convenes at the start, not at the end.

    I like the colour of the teacher. I’m pretty sure I’ve gone that colour a few times.

  2. Ahfl_icon THX 0477

    Nicely conveyed and in an appropriately terse tone. Definitely know that exasperated feeling, though in very different settings.

  3. Avatar ElshaHawk (LoA)

    Thanks Ethel, I shall fix that. There is far more to this story, but that would be tattling. And THX, exasperated is not a big enough word. :) Thanks for your empathy for the character.