Pretty much all the teaching staff with the same sore throat and headache. Three or four people out every day. One boy jumps another after school at the start of the week, one of those things where you cannot imagine what
anyone had to prove as the aggressor is taller than most teachers and older than most of the other sixth graders, and the victim is a regular-sized, 11-year-old, hardworking, sweet-natured, intelligent kid. No kidding, you can beat up *****??? C’mon. Later in the week, another jumping, two of our girls attacking a third after school, with the instigation of half my grade. I’m sure they had their reasons but again we are left slightly dumbfounded. The girl picked on has a reputation for once having been a fighter, but this year in our school she hasn’t been in a single violent incident (right up until now). That’s something, don’t you think? The next day the girls’ mothers all come in and there’s almost a fight between the adults. One mother storms out with her daughter and the other mother calls the police to file a report. Friday, the girls are back in school, and the aggressors discover that they have been suspended while their victim has not, all evidence pointing to the fact that she didn’t do anything. The two aggressors flip out. School safety is called when one of them becomes uncontrollable, and they refuse to come. Call 911, they tell my principal. So 911 is called, the EMTs come, the girl is taken to the hospital. What happens next, I don’t know. All of this while we are teaching, unsuspecting until a school aide comes around and asks that we keep our doors closed and locked for the duration.
What is the long-term plan? Our kids need something that we aren’t giving them. What is it? How do we find it and give it to them?