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So I have this student this year, who is a bit of a behaviour problem. I think it's likely he is on the Autism spectrum somewhere (poor eye contact, language comprehension issues, odd speaking voice...) He has trouble following the rules, keeping his hands to himself and being quiet.

Anyways, the other day he was sticking pieces of tissue up his nose, and then snorting them out all over the carpet. Beyond it being gross, it was disrupting the rest of the class. He ignored requests to stop, and I had to take the tissues away from him.

Anyways, I wrote his mother a note in the planner, explaining what he was doing and askingher if she could speak to him at home as well, and reinforce that this behaviour was not acceptable. Her response:

"My son is 5 years old. He can be silly. You need to stop worrying so much."


Seriously? Your kid is disrupting my entire class and I need to "stop worrying"? Sorry lady, but I have to worry about educating 21 kids. I can't do that if the whole class is squealling "Gross!" because your kid is doing something disgusting.

This is going to be a fun year. A couple of weeks ago he was running in the hall, and when another teacher stopped him and told him not to run, and made him go back and walk, he heard saying "fuck you, fuck you" as he walked down the hall. The teacher took him to the office, and this mother responded by freaking out and yelling at the Vice Principal that her son is only 5 years old, and shouldn't be sent to the office on his own, and that the teacher was a liar because her son would never swear at a teacher, and insisted he was swearing at another student instead.

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