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Will The Sucky Kid Please Stand Up?

While my daughter was devastated that a classmate would go into her desk, take out her personal property, and smash it to bits, (11/11 post: click here) I did my best to stay calm and think of what to do next.  Just what the hell is going on in this place?

I decided to observe her class on Friday.  I spoke with her teacher's individually and let them know, regarding what happened, I'm concerned about the lack of respect, and possible lack of control in the classroom.  They were open to me staying and also asked for my help with the days projects.  I'm happy to help.

My daughter began to feel overwhelmed with her sadness at one point and wanted to leave.  Luckily we were able to hang out in the Principals office and talk it out.  We came up with an idea that would help her move forward with the situation.  Together we wrote a note to the class.  She just wanted to know who did it, and how it happened.  I thought that was so brave.  I gave the note to her teacher, who was very supportive of this process, and headed home.  I thought it would be easier for the class that way -- no Mama Bear hanging out in the corner ready to pounce!

Well, when I picked her up I couldn't believe it, she said the teacher read the note and a classmate confessed.  The two of them had a talk and she felt much better about her place in her school.  Some kids asked, "What's the big deal?  It's just a toy."  And she said, "Everyone has their special things and this is special to me.  That's all."

And that is all.  Now I'm going to go hug my teddy bear.

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8 comments:

  1. Great ending! I think a lot of kids probably learned something from that.

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  2. What an amazing conclusion to such a heart-wrenching situation!

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  3. What a brave thing your daughter did! and good for the kid for owning up to what he or she did. I do think the guilty child's parents should be made aware of what happened and restitution should be made.

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  4. Wow, I am actually surprised at the way this ended! Good for you for being such an amazing Mom and good the for the kid who admitted it! That takes guts. What a positive experience!

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  5. What a great way for her to gain some control and closure on the situation. Brave of her to confront and the offender to confess! You get the awesome mom of the week award.

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  6. How wonderful that you were able to give her the tools she needed and the confidence to step up! Also, you were such a huge support to her by believing in her and showing her that you won't leave her hanging!!! Success! Still, I am sorry her toy got smashed! =(

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  7. No one prepares you for the hurt, anger and compassion you feel when your child is in pain. I certainly never expected it because I never felt my parents feel it for me, but when that damn bunny ate the flowers my daughter had spent nurturing for months, I was ready to grab the gun and put on my Elmer Fudd hat and go kill some Hausenpfeffer.

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