The Team did receive a wonderful gift today from The Enforcer when he sent Very Mean Bully Boy to alternative school.
We were ecstatic.
However, not nearly as ecstatic as the kids on the team.
Very Mean Bully Boy is incredibly smart (seriously, he could earn straight A's if he so much as tried) but is so busy being mean and hateful that he's usually failing all his classes. The more I observe this kid (and believe me, during hall duty we're watching him like a hawk because he cannot walk down a hall without tripping, kicking, or hitting someone) the more I've come to the conclusion that his goal in life is to inflict pain and humiliation on others. He does not come from a home with positive role models - he idolizes the uncle he is named after who happens to be in prison for first degree murder. What he really needs is a lot of therapy to get rid of his anger, and some really positive male role models, but he's pretty much exhausted our resources.
And what bothers me the most about him is how he's a threat to the other kids. The tipping point finally came this past week when my sub reported he'd hit a girl in class coming back from a fire drill (and I had witnesses that, for once, we willing to talk), he pushed another girl down in music class, he threatened another girl at lunch, and he hit another girl in math. And that was a typical week for him. He's been suspended, in ISS, you name it, but he finally hit the number (and we had an opening) and off to alternative school he'll go.
For a while, at least, my other kids can walk to the drinking fountain without fear of getting hit or tripped, and my seventh period may actually become somewhat productive (it's hard to teach when you're trying to keep a war from breaking out between Very Mean Bully Boy and Everyone Else.)
Sad to say, but not a single kid in the building will miss him. Hopefully someone, somewhere, can connect with this kid. But I'm starting to wonder.