(Also posted at Phantom’s Wednesday Whining)
This is less a whine than a mother’s cry of outrage.
The Princess often comes home with tales of the social interactions in the fifth grade. She is unusually insightful about human relationships. On Monday, Difficult Boy broke into a conversation between The Princess and two other girls, complaining bitterly that all they did was say mean things about people. The Princess tells me he “freaked out.” My future psychologist reached out to him, since she knew she wasn’t guilty of the mean talking, only adjacent to it. They talked and had a meeting of the minds, agreeing that saying bad things about people was, well, bad.
Fast forward to this morning. All the children gather on the playground before school, then line up with their classes when the bell rings. The fifth grade is on the third floor of this old school building. It is a long, unsupervised way up from the back door at the basement level.
During the climb to Mount Third Floor, Difficult Boy kicks The Princess, hard, in the behind.
The shocked Princess makes her way to the classroom and confides in her teacher that Difficult Boy has kicked her, although she cannot bring herself to do anything but hint at the location of the injury.
The teacher questions Difficult Boy, who admits that he kicked The Princess. He says he did it because some third party told him The Princess was saying bad things about him, and more specifically about his family, along the lines of “yo mama doesn’t love you.”
The teacher is wise, thank God. She asks him, “Are you sure you mean Our Princess? This doesn’t sound like something she would say.” He admits that he didn’t hear her say any such thing, only heard it from another student. Wise Teacher had a call into his mother when I talked to her after school.
We cancelled some things and stayed home together this afternoon. I’m worried because she has not cried. Yet. (Still true, and bedtime approaches.)
Here comes the rant:
First of all, I can’t believe someone didn’t call me about this.
Second of all, I am furious that there is a child in the class who thinks kicking another student is okay under any circumstances.
Third of all, we cannot feel safe dropping her on the playground before school anymore, which means she loses out on being with her friends each morning.
Fourth of all, I don’t feel any playground time is going to be safe with this kid around.
Fifth of all, even though I object to his violent acts, I realize I could cheerfully throttle anyone who has hurt my child.
Sixth of all, I can’t believe The Princess is going to have to sit in the classroom with someone who attacked her. Is it possible to Office School a child?