It's been a year so far. And I'm the lucky one. Mrs. Angora and Mrs. Eagle have absolutely horrid kids when it comes to behavior, and mine are, in comparison, pretty good.
Or so we thought.
Firecracker Boy is smart as a whip, but has issues with behavior. He's new to The School, being one of the kids that was rezoned from another school into ours when The Powers That Be redrew all the lines. The first nine weeks he was awesome - polite, hard-working, a great student. It sort of surprised us, based on what his file said. And then the second nine weeks shows up, he's now comfortable in his new school and has figured out his circumstances, and the "real" Firecracker Boy appears. It was like two different kids. Disrespect, disobedience, slapping other kids, threatening kids, you name it. Dad has a meeting with us to ask us about moving him to 8th grade (as that's where he should be) because he feels that he's acting immature because he's around younger kids. That didn't go anywhere, simply because of his behavior (and that group of 8th graders aren't all that swift either.) What we didn't know at the time, because Dad didn't bother to share it, is that Dad calls the authorities on Firecracker Boy quite frequently when he gets out of control with his behavior.
So, a few weeks ago, I write Firecracker Boy a referral after I had him sent out of class, basically for disruption and disrespect, and he gets one day in In School Suspension. I also noticed that on the bottom of his discipline slip, after it is worked and a copy is put in my mailbox, is the note that he has 100 points and the next infraction will earn him a trip to the alternative school. So, he spends his day in In School Suspension, comes back, then is absent for two days, supposedly (according to his sister) because Dad caught him smoking weed, called the cops and he spent two days in a juvenile detention facility. Okay, so he's back, and he takes his test and all is well and good.
Until 5th period when Mr. Math emails me to let me know that Firecracker Boy has just been escorted from his room by the Enforcer because he apparently threw a firecracker down a toilet in the boys' restroom, thereby busting the toilet and flooding the bathroom.
I guess he really didn't want to stay here much longer.
Needless to say, he's gone for a while, and even better, has a $500 repair attached to his name.
One and a half days.