21 October 2009

Uh oh

I'm running a bit of a fever.

I had a staff meeting after school and as soon as I got back to my classroom I started to feel crummy.

When I got home I took my temperature (it was about 37C) and then took a two hour nap. Mr. JB fed me some soup before I fell asleep.

When I woke up at 9pm I checked again and my temp was up to 38.13 (yes, I'm using a basal body thermometer, it's pink).

So I took some T.ylenol and I'm crossing my fingers. I have my ultrasound appointment tomorrow afternoon and then I see my surgeon right after. Let's hope that it's just a bug I picked up at school and nothing abscess-related.


I had the saddest thing happen today at school. After last recess all of the kids told me that one of the kids was with the principal.

Which is NEVER a good thing.

When he came back to the classroom I took him to the hallway to find out what happened. He started to cry and wasn't able to tell me what had happened. That's when the principal showed up.

Apparently he was caught making fun of one of the special needs kids who has Down syndrome. I know that the principal was laying it on thick to make the kid feel bad, so he told him that the student that he was making fun of was one of his best friends.

That's when I started to cry.

I was so disappointed. The kid that got in trouble is usually so well behaved and is so smart. I couldn't believe that he would take advantage of a child that can't defend herself.

I sent the kid back into the class and the rest of the kids saw that I was crying. I know that I tried to make the kid feel bad by saying how much my heart hurt. I wrote a note in his agenda and then at the end of the day I marched him out to talk to his mom.

And this is what his mother said to me:

"Mme JellyBelly he didn't know what he was doing. He's never seen children like that before."

I couldn't believe my ears.

Then I told her that making fun of anyone was also unacceptable and she still continued to defend her child's actions.

Thank God the principal was outside. I called him over and he told the mother exactly what happened. He also said that her son needed a good talking to and that we didn't make fun of special needs students, especially since we're a Catholic school.

I was even more livid that the mother condoned her son's behaviour.

I remember a time that when the teacher talked to a parent the kid was in the wrong, particularly when the principal backed what the teacher was saying. What an irresponsible parent!

I just hope that the kid doesn't do anything like that again, because if there's a next time I won't be crying, I'll be yelling.

p.s. Mr. JB found out that a colleague of his is pregnant, again. This time it wasn't on purpose. This couple got married a month after us and already have two little boys.

I wish I could have an accident like that. :(


  1. We all wish we could have accidents!! Wouldn't it be wonderful.

    I hope you're feeling better.

    So sad that the boy made fun of that other child, but what's worse is the wet blanket of a mother. She should be reprimanding her child, not excusing his behavior.

  2. Where to parents think that their kids are right? I come from a family where kids are rarely right. Geesh.

    I hope your fever goes away quickly!

  3. I'm sorry you have a fever. Hopefully it just a kid bug not another infection.

    I've never understood parents assuming their kids are automatically in the right, especially when a teacher is backed up by the principal

  4. Sorry about your fever! I hope it goes away quickly.

    Ugh, so sad about the little boy. Teachers get a lot of insight about all kinds of parents and families.

    I just got pregnancy news about a co-worker this morning. I REALLY don't want to watch her growing belly all year long. :(

  5. This is infuriating.

    How sad. The child might not have known better but the parent? Well there is no excuse.

  6. Is it possible everyone is making too much of him making fun of the other student? Of course he shouldn't, but I think children ridicule each other because they are themselves insecure, and they can't automatically think themselves into the head of the person they are hurting. Empathy must, in part, be taught. After lectures from his teacher AND the principal AND a guilt trip in front of the whole class, I would think he has learned his lesson, if he ever will. I don't have a disability, but I can't count the number of times I was ridiculed in school for being weird, or poor, or just because kids are mean. It can't all be stamped out and it's not a capital offense - I think it's just a matter of teaching the good kids to have compassion, and, most important, teaching them the tools to stand up to their peers when a more helpless kid is being ridiculed - not an easy thing to do as a kid.

  7. I hope the appointment went well today and the fever is gone and had nothing at all to do with any of your lady parts.

    I am shocked that the boy's mother tried to justify his behaviour!

  8. oh my goodness. This makes me so mad about the kid's parent. What the heck. I'd be humiliated and my kid would get in SUCH big trouble. What is that teaching the kid - that he can do no wrong and there are no consequences to his actions. NICE.

    Sorry about your fever!!

    Ok I'm signed in as Ken but this is Beth :)

  9. I hope you feel better soon and it's just a little bug.
    I HATE the parents who act like their kid can do no wrong. I had a kid who *literally* kicked me in the butt which should have gotten the brat at least suspended, but his parents intervened on his behalf. I'm still angry six years later.