It's that time of year.
No, not the holidays. It's the time of year when the kids decide they are all Sick And Tired of Each Other and the Drama starts. The nitpicking. The name-calling. The arguing. It's like being on one hell of a long car ride with six kids who can't get along.
We have two types of drama - boy drama (rare, but I have it going on in my homeroom) and girl drama (every freaking where).
Now, I rarely see boy drama because boys just don't go into this sort of thing - usually. This year, however, I have several boys who just can't stop talking and messing with each other. It usually revolves around disparaging comments regarding athletic ability and the ability to keep girlfriends. I have one kid, Whiner Boy, who is constantly wanting to go to guidance to talk with a counselor because someone said he was a lame football player.
I can't wait until this kid hits the real world and a boss yells at him for doing something stupid. He'll be on the floor in a puddle of tears.
And then of course I had the two boys get in a tussle over their STEM project because Boy One accused Boy Two of being lazy and Boy Two accused Boy One of not doing his share of the work. Next thing I knew, they were slapping each other. (That earned them a two day stint in ISS, plus Mrs. Sparrow had to eat her words about how the kids would love doing STEM so much they'd behave like angels.)
That's just a taste of the boy drama in my homeroom.
As for the girl drama...there's too much to even go into here. I do know that the Guidance Goddess and the Guidance Diva are so fed up with Girl Drama that if one more girl walks through the doors wanting to write a statement or complain about another girl talking trash, that they just might hurl a book at her and shove her out the door. Or, better yet, let the two girls get into a tangle so they can both be suspended, hopefully until January.
One thing about Girl Drama...the girls aren't too bright about who they stir up trouble with. Mrs. Eagle has one little, and I mean little, girl who's a complete pest and who wants to talk trash and stir up trouble wherever she goes. I have a girl on my team, Amazon Girl who is, easily, about 5' 10" tall and very big-boned. She's not fat, she's just big and solid - and bigger than most of the boys and nearly all the girls. In any case the Pest has been bothering Amazon Girl for well over a month and Amazon Girl has been doing the right thing, going to guidance, writing statements, walking away, and generally ignoring the little brat that's 1/3 her size. Finally, on Friday, the Pest walked up to Amazon Girl at a dance, started messing with her and then slapped her in the face. Amazon Girl had had enough, grabbed the Pest by the hair and just beat the snot out of her. The result? Amazon got one day suspension, but the Pest, who had thrown the first punch and who had been bothering Amazon for a month, got three days. (Good thing there was all that documentation that Amazon Girl had done in guidance about the bullying she was getting via the pest.)
It's never boring.
Five and a Half Days.