One reason I will not be able to be a teacher for my entire career:
Today a girl came up to me and said she had found this note and she handed it to me. The note went on about how the writer wanted to “take it to the next level” and “get married on FB”. I would have brushed it off but on the back it said “I want to put my dick in your ass.”
Yes, you read right. Appalled, I launched a grand inquisition (during time that should have been spent teaching) including taking handwriting samples and involving the principal. I do not know where a first grader would hear this kind of language but it is clear to me that he is seeing or hearing inappropriate things.
It would be one thing if this was a one time thing but something like this comes up too often at our school. A few weeks ago a boy (not in my class, thankfully) told a girl she should suck his “penis”. They talked to the older brother who told them that the mom and sister thought the first grade brother was taking off the 1 year old’s diaper and “freaking” on her.
WTF!!! You “think” your son is “freaking” on your infant granddaughter? And clearly you were talking about in front of the third grader. Ummm don’t you think you aught to be DOING something about that little problem in the family dynamics?!
There are a lot of days I ask myself what the hell is wrong with some people.
I am sickened. Horrified and sickened. Even after 13 years of working in the ghetto I am not hardened to this sort of thing. These are beautiful, intelligent children but they’re not cherished or protected the way children should be. It’s too hard on my heart….I’m not sure how many more years of this I have left in me.
It’s the first week of tapering off the antidepressants. This week I take one two days in a row, then off two days. Next week, I take one every other day and the final week every third day. I start Lupron on Saturday.
Buckle up, people….it’s going to be a bumpy ride.