This happened a couple of weeks ago while I was on a blog-break, I was tempted to break the blog-fast to ask your prayers but managed not to. Though I did write about what happened, in draft form, to share with you later on. Like now….
Ring ring, ring ring…
“Hello?”, I say
“Hello is that Wonderboy’s mum?”
“Y….E….S….”, I tentatively say.
“There’s been an incident at school this afternoon….”
Heart sinks further.
(18 months at this school and there have been numerous calls home about incidents, accidents, my son being bullied)
“What exactly was the incident that happened this afternoon and how is Wonderboy?”, I ask, worriedly.
“Well, it seems that a boy just walked up to Wonderboy and without any provocation or conversation whatsoever, the boy smacked your son across the face with a ‘twig’ and it scratched his eye and face and he may need medical attention because we’re quite concerned about him, could you come and get him?”, said the rather too cheery voice on the other end of the phone.
“So Wonderboy didn’t do anything, he was minding his own business and he was struck by this other boy?”, I ask, puzzled.
“Yes, the boy has admitted that he did it because he just ‘felt like it’.
Well the upshot is that the twig turns out to be a branch from a tree that the school caretakers had left laying around….the scratch turns out to be an upper lid cut accompanied by grazing diagonally from below left eye to hairline above right side of face…and oh yes, a blackened, swollen eye.
A mad dash to school to collect Wonderboy
and then on to the local walk in hospital and a 3.5 hour wait to be seen by hospital staff followed
We’re told that Wonderboy is extremely lucky that he blinked at the time of the incident or he could have lost an eye or even have been blinded.
Other boy, supposedly excluded for 3 days.
The week before this, the crazed young fellow who hurt my son was excluded (apparantly) because he hit someone, differing reports have said that he used a brick on that occassion.
I was told by school staff that the boy has ‘problems’.
You don’t say.
Well that’s all right then.
Or rather, no it is not.
After a clean up, on our return from hospital…
A day later and the bruising is beginning to show and Wonderboy still has head pain, and soreness around the eye area.
Really, what good is a suspension for kids displaying aggressive and antisocial behaviour? For a lot of kids, a suspension from school is like being given an extra holiday, that isn’t a punishment, it’s a reward.
I’m seriously miffed.