One part of my supercalifuckyoulistic day yesterday was when MC told Hubby and I that a kid on the bus singed he hairs on his arm with a lighter, split open the seat with a pocket knife and proceeded to try to burn the foam inside. Yeah, it was that kind of day.
The incident freaked MC out pretty damn bad. To the point he was actually in fear of what would happen when he went to school today because, like the totally awesome kid my son is, he reported it. We spent some time talking about it and we worked out a plan that helped to make him feel a little less stressed about the whole thing.
He texted me a little bit ago to let me know he’d talked to an official at the school and that it would be taken care of. He saw that the official had the kid’s lighter and knife, so that bit made him feel better.
The problem is that MC wasn’t told whether the kid was allowed in school or not because of privacy issues. I have a huge problem with this for two reasons. The first is that it is against all school policy to have a knife of any kind at school. Because it is a pocket knife and rather innocuous, I’m worried the kid won’t actually get the kind of punishment laid out in the policy for this offense. We won’t know because of privacy rules.
The second issue being… can you not give my kid the peace of mind to know the jackass isn’t at school and gunning for him? Not even that small bit? He was legitimately frightened of what kind of blow back he will face if this pissed the kid off. Since when are privacy concerns more important than students safety and well being? The only thing he was allowed to know was that the kid wouldn’t be on the bus. MC still sees him in the halls on occasion.
It infuriates me that my child has to worry about someone going off the deep end crazy if he reports an incident that could have gotten extremely ugly. It sickens me that it has become such a norm that it is even something we automatically take into consideration. I am insanely proud of my son for doing what was right even though he was truly frightened and worried.