Tuesday we had a meeting at the school about how wonderfully Andrew is doing. I left feeling hopeful and happy which was my first mistake.
Tuesday night - we receive a notice that he was making finger guns and saying "I kill people, it's my hobby". They are allowed to play this game at recess called Zombie Chase - some child made it up. It involves fake weapons, commanders - and a whole lot of wacky stuff. I don't like it- I don't think it should be allowed. I'm not an overbearing mother - I'm a mother. He has anger issues - I don't need to add fuel to that fire. I think this finger gun issue is a direct result of Zombie Chase.
Wednesday night - I get a call while sitting in the pick up line at school - that a child went after Andrew at first recess and kept saying "let's go - want to have a go at it" and started air punching. Andrew said no and walked away.
During the second recess Andrew said that the child approached him again and Andrew lost it -- and basically said "it's go time" and went after the kid. Just because the bear didn't bite your head off the first time you placed it in his mouth - doesn't mean you won't keep your head the second time. Don't POKE the BEAR. The kid ran - and no one was hurt or struck - but after this occurrence there was no calming him down. He spent the afternoon in the office. Andrew is like a Rock Em Sock Em Robot - once he is wound up watch out. (My husband said when I informed him of the day's events - "I hope he punched him right in the nose." Yep, that is kinda how I felt - but that would have made things so much worse.)
I have instructed Andrew that if anyone comes up to him in any way about fighting -- he is to ask to see the principal immediately. I have also instructed Andrew to stay away from the agitating/run away boy. I would hope that boy keeps away from Andrew too or at least keeps up his running game.
I am also really concerned about the two recess situation. Andrew falls apart in the afternoon and putting that much stress on him - is really unfair. I want him active and playing - but if the afternoon is full of recesses and PE - we're asking for trouble. The school is working on this with me. Perhaps letting him sit out the second recess. Second recess - who ever heard of such a thing? Back in my day we were lucky if we got one recess. Back in my day - we were lucky if we had lunch. Did I tell you about walking barefoot in the snow - and I didn't even have feet?