What a wacky day this was. Beau's principal called me and said that he had had a meeting with Beau in school today to discuss and incident where Beau and four other boy's, (they're all fourth graders) beat up a smaller boy on the playground. He said that Beau had body slammed him. I was shocked and obviously upset. I apologized and asked for the name of the boy who'd been hurt so I could call and see if there was anything I could do to make amends. He said that Beau had apologized and written a letter to the boy but was supposed to have spoken to me about it, in fact he told the principal that he had. I started thinking I didn't know my little guy. We have a pretty wonderful open relationship, Beau trusts me and I think he tells me pretty much everything. You should hear some of the things he asks or tells me, sometimes he makes me shy. I told Mr K. that it just didn't sound like Beau to be mean to a smaller child, that he is really empathic and kind, but that I believed that he must have done this, and that I was so sorry and would talk with him and do everything I could to prevent anything like this from happening again.
I called the parents of the little boy, Charlie. They were so kind. It turns out that Beau never hit or pushed him. They had faxed a list of the names of the boys involved and the only one that was close to Beau's name was Bobby. He's this tough bully kid who pushes other kids around. Beau has told me that he thinks he's scary. Anyway the principal had totally mixed up my son with this other kid and never even met with Beau. Poor Charlie though, poor little guy. His dad said that kids have been beating him up since second grade. He gets beat up all the time. He's really little, the smallest boy in his class and he's smart so when the big kids are mean to him he mouths off and then they beat him up. What's worse is that he has epilepsy. So so sad. I feel so badly for him and for his parents. I can't imagine how painful it must be to send your child off to school and then see him hurt over and over, and to get very little support from the teachers and the principal. I'm so relieved that it was a mix up, but my heart goes out to this little guy. I asked his parents for a play date for Beau and then had a talk with Beau and asked him to kind of keep an eye out for him. Man school can be hard for kids. When I think about reincarnation the part that doesn't appeal to me is the idea that I would have to go through childhood all over again and again, yuck, blech, ptuey.
I'm so pissed that I can't get a clear signal for Coast to Coast on my radio.
I'm having fun with my scanner. I'm such a voyeur.