Friday, October 1, 2010
a knife in the art room
So how would this have gone down at your school? This is the situation:
Last Friday I was teaching the 1st grade students. I was on the 3rd and last 1st grade and was having the kids line up. On the counter, near the door, was a little red sweatshirt. Kids scatter their jackets and sweatshirts all over the room all the time. I went to pick up the sweatshirt to hold it up and ask who it belonged too.
As I picked it up I heard something clunk on the counter. Someone is trying to steal some markers I thought. I lifted up the shirt and was SHOCKED to see a serrated knife with a four inch blade, OPEN, laying under the sweatshirt. WTF!!! I dropped the sweatshirt but not before the kids at the front of the line saw the knife. "Oh there is a knife!! That's T's sweatshirt." Thank god the teacher showed up right then and I whispered to her what I had found, lifted the edge of the shirt to show her. There was no question who the shirt belonged to as little T was sobbing on a desk.
The teacher and I ushered the kids out and I grabbed a older student in the hall to go to the office and tell them I was having an emergency. Soon the VP showed up, saw the sobbing kid, saw the knife, rolled his eyes and went to get the SMS. (PS she and I do not like each other at all) She stormed in, grabbed the knife and left the kid. Well what is outside my door but my 4th grade class ready for their art time. I asked their teacher to seat them and tried to get T to stand up and follow me. The 4th graders are staring and asking what happened. I need T out. I try pushing his out of the room in his chair but he grabs the leg of the table and wont budge. Where is the SMS! Shouldn't she have come back for him?
I dash across the hall and tell the SMS she needs to get the boy, huff puff, whine, moan she comes and drags him out by his arm while he lies on the floor, a 8th grade teacher walks by and scoops up the kid and takes him away. We push on forward with 4th grade class.
I know our district has a zero tolerance policy on weapons. I know T's parents come to the school on Monday and I don't really hear anything about it after that. Yesterday I realized I would see the 1st graders again today. I go to little T's teacher to see what happened as a consequence.
So what do you think his consequence was? What would it be at your school? Stay tuned to find out what happened in our urban art room.