Friday Fictioneers 12-6-2017

PHOTO PROMPT  © Dale Rogerson

A Father’s Love

It’d been years since he’d been inside a school and the ice outside mirrored the cold inside his heart. He’d ruled school, yet lived against a backdrop of emptiness and fear and alienation. He hadn’t known it then, but it was true.

“This is a very serious issue.”

“I understand, however, I seriously doubt Sammy intentionally pointed his pencil at the student’s eye. Five year olds aren’t normally weapon-wielding maniacs.”

“We have to take ever incident seriously.”

“I understand. As do I.”

Taking his son by the hand, they walked out of the principal’s office.

19 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers 12-6-2017

  1. Okay, I had three sons. They wrestled. They played cops and robbers with wooden guns they fashioned out of twigs. They “shot” each other and then got up and went happily on their way. Note: We had no TV while they were growing up. I do not know where they learned to play those games. What I do know is that they were just normal boys doing normal boy things. Pointing a pencil toward some other kid’s eye needs to be discouraged for obvious reasons, but it doesn’t strike me as a great big deal. I think we’ve gone WAY overboard on this kind of thing. Now, if he is warned more than once and continues doing it anyway, THEN we have a problem.

    My take on this was that the father saw how absurd it was to make a it big issue, and he quietly removed his son from that school. I applaud him.

    And I also suspect that if anyone else reads my comment, I’m going to be in some trouble 🙂

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    • I’m with you. My kids played all those games, but they never had toy weapons. There were sticks a plenty around and nobody got hurt. At least from the sticks.

      I understand the schools have to take a firm stand, but let’s be real. These are children, boys. I always thought elementary school was not made for little boys!

      No trouble here. Thanks for the comments.

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  2. Dear Connie,

    I think we’ve become way too sensitive about such matters. A pencil pointed at another student’s eye in Kindergarten seems a minor matter. What happened to gently guiding children rather than calling in the SWAT team? Okay, I’ll back off now and tell you what a good story you wrote. 😉



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    • I agree. Yes, such an incident calls for a private talk with the teacher and the parent, but to be sent to the principal’s office seems too much. I don’t think an incident like this, with the child sent to the principal, is going to have an effect on future bad behavior unless there is something else wrong as well. I appreciate your thoughts, as always.



    • Yes, haven’t they. My sister and I used to roam throughout the countryside around my home for hours and hours, with nary a fearful thought from us or my Mom. When my kids were little, I didn’t even let them play alone in the front yard. Luckily, the back yard was fenced and surrounded by other houses.

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  3. I’m all in favour of teachers protecting their pupils. I’m all in favour of teachers leading pupils to question the violence of society rather than emulate it. But the Head was OTT and the actions will be counter productive. That said, I can see the Head’s difficulty; they have a legal liability, and if there was a subsequent accident, and they hadn’t taken action, they could lose their job or possibly worse.
    The failing is more with society’s “Gotta have someone to blame culture” that the Head’s, I fear.
    Hoo – politics – sorry!
    You’ve written a multi-layered story that makes us think. That can only be good. Well done!

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    • Yes, schools have to be a safe place for the students and the staff. I would have a hard time sending my kids to elementary school today. I understand the Principal’s actions and the legal ramification. Like you said, it is the ‘blame culture’ of today. And the ‘sue anybody for anything’ culture which goes right along with blaming. The ‘parents who don’t take the time to teach their children’ contribute to the problem. The teachers don’t know what parents work with their children and which don’t.

      Come to think of it, I’m not sure I’d want to be a teacher in today’s world.

      Hey, politics are fine:) Whatever gets you thinking. Thanks for your thoughts.

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  4. I think we have news overload these days. We hear about so much violence it’s oversensitized us to it. I remember a child innocently brought a toy gun to school for Show and Tell where I taught one year and the principal came to the room all excited and made a really big deal about it. She could have quietly advised the child not to do it again, the class that we shouldn’t do it, and notified the parents by phone. Children often get scared even to being traumatized. I remember years before at a different school where I taught that a child raised in the mountains brought the family hunting rifle to school–the bus driver seemingly didn’t notice what he was carrying– and the principal merely took it to keep–no doubt checking to make sure it wasn’t loaded–until the child went home on the bus. —- Suzanne

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    • It’s a hard line to follow and I’m sure it is much harder, and scarier, for teachers and staff. Taking the toy gun quietly seems like it would have worked best to me, also. A quiet word with the child, a call to the parents and a word to the class. A learning moment.

      Children can be traumatized so easily, especially at that age.

      I also feel parents have to stick up for their child. The father wasn’t there so he didn’t witness the incident. But instead of scolding his child in from of the Principle, instead of shaming him even more (when the child doesn’t even realize what he did that was wrong), he chose to support his child. There were times when I got calls and notes from the school and all I knew was what they said and what my child said. Firstly, I always supported my child with teachers and staff – right or wrong he was my child and I backed him. Not his actions necessarily, but my child. We would talk over the incidents at home, with more of a ‘what do you think’ tone. Trying to look at the situation from the teacher’s and student’s points of view.

      Woah! Sorry for the lecture. Can you tell this is based on an incident with my child?

      Thanks for your thoughts.

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