Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Special Students

Just a reminder, I do teach 7th and 8th grade special ed. This is a 3 minute story about what can happen in my room on any given day:

Student walks into class with his hand to his mouth. I asked him what was wrong. He told me he was bleeding. I asked him to show me where he was bleeding from so I could determine if he needed to go to the nurse. He opened his mouth (yes, OPENED) to show me a small palce where a tiny speck of blood was on the roof of his mouth. He told me he cut it on a chip at lunch. I told him to go rinse his mouth with water and it would be fine. I thought everything would be ok with a good mouth rinse....wow, I was totally wrong.
He returns from the water fountain, still holding his mouth saying now he needs a band-aid. I asked him how he was going to put a band-aid INSIDE his mouth. He told me he has done it before. I told him no, and to have a seat. Then, he completely freaked and started crying telling me he had to go to the nurse right away, becuase she would put a band-aid in his mouth. The nurse at my school is very educated and would not give him a band-aid for this non-existent wound inside his mouth.
I took him outside to talk to him and let him calm down. He did, came back into class, and the rest of the day went great.
I get to work the next day, and there is an ee-mail from one of the assistant principals...the students mother called to say i neglected her child when he was hurt, and he would not be able to come to school that day. She said she was taking him to get stitches in his mouth!?!?!?!?!
STITCHES!!!! The next day? Are you kidding me????? Of course, the assistant princiapl had dealt with the mother several times and knew that I would not neglect a hurt student. He returned to school the next day without a doctors note, or stitches. This is why I think teachers need to be paid more!!!!

8 comments:

Krystyn said...

Parents that believe their kids...gotta love it. Especially that she didn't come to you first!

Stitches? Well, now he can always be out of class and in the nurses office. Better for you!

Stephanie said...

Wow..people really amaze me!
I think you handles it just fine!
Heres to a great year! ;)

Stephanie said...

Hey Emily!!

This would have really irked me. I do not deal well in these kinds of situations. This is why I could never be a teacher - patience is not a virtue I possess. More power to you guys!

Rachel said...

wow - I would have been so irritated!!! At least you have the principle on your side!!

Cara said...

This already happened and you're only how many days into the school year?! Yikes! Sounds like you're going to have your hands full with those parents!

C and C Mommy said...

I just love it when the parents enable the kids to act up!! I have already had my share of attitudes in my high school classroom. I LOVE being a teacher, but it is days like that just make me wonder why I do what I do!!

Good luck!!

mom said...

M you do a great job with your students. Wish some of their parents would do the same.

Krystyn said...

I gave you an award on my blog!