Yesterday at work during one of my 4th grade classes I witnessed kids picking on another kid for his differences. Now, don’t get me wrong, I see this kind of stuff all the time. Kids can be mean, but most of the time its simple stuff…like a disagreement, or someone won’t be friends with someone else for no good reason. Or someone told their secret…silly stuff.
But this is different. He has aspergers and the kids have singled him out. It’s been going on all year and these kiddos have been giving him a hard time.
Yesterday was kind of my breaking point.
The student had been working when another student at his table walked up to me “Mrs. Newman, he said a bad word”,
Me: “What bad word did he say”
Me: “That’s not a word…”
Student: “Yes it is! It’s short for pedophile”.
The accused student spoke up- “I didn’t say that! I said ‘pedo-bear'”.
Me: “ok…also not a word…”
Silliness! Just trying to find something to pick on him for!
Later, the student had finished his artwork and I let him go to anchor stations. A few minutes later another student walked up with this student’s artwork. “Mrs. Newman, he thinks he is done with his artwork”. Why are you even touching his artwork? More or less questioning if he is done or not? Are you finished? ugh!!! I had just had it!! It was such a silly little thing but it’s been nit-picky stuff like thuis all year long!!
Ugh…then this morning during one of my 3rd grade classes, another kid got called the r-word. Seriously, Lord?! I hear you…I do.
I felt challenged to say something since I haven’t said anything to my kids yet.
So this morning I did it. I sat two classes down and discussed our differences. I told them all about down syndrome and how Eli would be different from others but the same- just like all of us are different from each other. How it hurts my heart to see other children being picked on when I know my son has the potential to be singled out like that.
When I was done, with a bit of mist in my eyes, one of my kids raised his hand and goes, “I don’t understand how Eli will be different. It sounds like he will be the same.”
That’s because he won’t be any more different than anyone else. 🙂
In other news, I had my acupuncture yesterday and a pedicure. That would be what I needed to make it to the end of the school year without maternity leave…both of those every day. lol
During my acupuncture treatment, Eli was moving and grooving all over the place. He’s almost always active but his reaction to the treatment was hilarious. Fingers crossed!!
I got a moxa stick which I will try tonight or tomorrow…so we will see.
My appointment with my MFM doctor got moved up to tomorrow, which means I have to take a half day and we have less days to try to get him to flip. 😦 But we get to see our little man a few days sooner!
*sigh* Ok…I’m ready for the rest of today, whatever that brings!!
It’s only 9:20 and I’ve already had a day! Whew!