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  • Becca
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    I teach kindergarten, so social skills and manners are naturally part of what I teach. Building relationships comes pretty naturally to it too. Part of that is that on Fridays I eat lunch with the children in the lunch room.

    Last Friday I go in with my lunchbox and sit at a table with an empty spot. All of the rest of the tables for my class are full. Almost immediately a child starts to have a full on tantrum (she was moved into my class about 3 weeks ago after she physically assaulted the other kindergarten teacher and left bruises and abrasions). The vice principal who does lunch duty every day tried to calm her down but it didn’t work. She just escalated. Everyone, even the kids started ignoring her and eating their food and have pleasant lunch conversations (which are always entertaining in kindergarten by the way).

    Then, a banana struck the kid sitting go cross from me in the back of the head. The peel hit the boy sitting next to me, smearing on his glasses and the rest of the peel smacked me in the face.

    I’m glad the vice principal got to her before me because I might have lost my job. This child has terrorized my class since she was moved in.

    She was taken to the office, where she spent the afternoon in a bean bag chair taking a nap. No other consequences.

    The vice principal told me that she said she threw it because I didn’t sit with her and only her.

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    I teach Kindergarten and wanted to spend more time observing students during their lunch because everyday someone gets hit , food spilled on them, or harassed in some way by the same student. So, the other day I sat down at a table, across from that student, casually, and a few students change seats to come sit with me. I observed the kid in action, as if he wanted me to see what he can do and how he can get away with it. He got out of his seat and started hitting another kid, crawled under the table and started punching kids , and since he left his lunch bag, I grabbed it to prevent his assault while students get in line.He ran out of the lunch room and grabbed another student to run with him. A supervisor was able to separate the kids. But since I still had his lunch bag, he started to grab it and tried with all his might to pull it from my hands.. since he was unsuccessful, he flipped my tray i was holding with my other hand and my food spilled.. He called me rude names and finally ran off .
    He has been bullying my class for about 2 months after being moved from another Kinder class for the SAME behaviors.

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