Cape Cod Massachusetts USA
It's almost 9:30 pm on Friday night. I just finished talking to the fifth of five parents of my classroom students... I had to have an eleven year old girl in my class suspended from school today. Within the past couple of days, she's been busy. She threatened one girl - telling her she intended to cut her up with a knife - like a fish. She threatened four others. She told them she'd bring her mother's gun to school and shoot them. Then she wrote their names on the bathroom wall with the word "die"...
I had to stay at school for over an hour after closing time to meet with administration and the girl's mother. It seems that she lives with some pretty seedy people, who just might have access to weapons. This is pretty scary...
Then I had to come home and call all of the parents whose children were directly threatened to tell them and their children of the outcome. Some of the children hadn't told their parents, because they didn't want them to worry. I had to tell them... I probably spent 30-40 minutes with each of them. Now, if this young girl is allowed back in my classroom, they'll all be up in arms. My team teacher doesn't want her back. He wants to feel safe in his own classroom..... I've gotta say - I have to agree with him. My recovering substance abusers are easy compared to this...
Current events? This is pretty current for me... I'm in a bit of a frazzle to see this horrific trend touching upon my own classroom. I'm a LOT frazzled....