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Nov 15 2012

I Hate You

Day 48: The benefit of writing daily posts is that I can tell you today, the 48th day of the school year, is the first day a student told me, “I hate you.”

This was not unexpected. AM is not, to put it lightly, my biggest fan. In addition, today was not her best day. She spent the morning in the office after calling another student a fat b****, and I sent her to the office at the beginning of Science class for not following the class inside from gym (and subsequently wandering around the building, trying to avoid Science class).

All of this came to a head at afternoon dismissal. She was cutting ahead of other students; I asked her to stop; she gave me an attitude-filled, “I’m going to my spot in line;” I told her to go to the back of the line. When she got to me, and I asked what was wrong with the way she spoke to me, she first said, “I don’t know,” and then clearly muttered under her breath, “I hate you.”

I won’t discuss the follow-up, mostly because there was none. She is coming to see me first thing in the morning, and we are joining the folks in the main office, because I need help deciding upon and implementing a serious consequence. However, I’m not really saddened by all of this. I’m disappointed, and I’m still confused as to why AM is so frustrated with me, but I’m not sad. This is one of those times that I know I’m doing the right thing. If a student makes the wrong choices, it is all I can do to respond with a logical consequence. We’ll see how tomorrow goes.

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