Thursday, January 10, 2008


I'm worried about Emily. I spoke to her principal about it briefly this morning when I was yet again signing Emily out of school because her stomach hurt.

Shortly before the Winter Break, Emily's class was split up among four other fifth grade classes due to her teacher's health issues (colon cancer). Every since then, she has had some issue or another (headache, stomach ache, sore throat, etc.) almost every single day. I thought that maybe it was just an adjustment issue, but it kept on happening.

Then one day her new teacher misunderstood something that Emily said and accused her of cursing in class. Emily was humiliated because the teacher wouldn't let her defend herself and made her change her behavior card color. She also sent home a note about it and said that Emily definitely had said the word because she herself had heard her say it.

I, of course, knew that there was no way Emily would ever do something like that. I sent a note back to the teacher telling her that she must be mistaken because Emily not only doesn't use foul language, but she is always shocked when she hears someone else use it. I went on to state that once she gets to know Emily better, she would see that something like that is just not in Emily's character. I was afraid that telling the teacher that she was wrong would make things worse, but I couldn't let her get away with not only claiming that Emily had said that, but also basically calling Emily a liar when she tried to defend herself.

I also thought that maybe things would be different with the new year and new semester, but today was day three of the new semester and I have had to go pick Emily up from school twice already. So, I'm thinking about calling the school counselor about the situation, and if that doesn't improve things, the principal told me to come see her and she would do whatever she could to help us out.

So now I'm just waiting to see if things get any better. Hopefully, they will.


Heather said...

I'm sorry, that's a rough situation for everyone involved. Not sure how I'd handle that one. Good luck, and keep us posted.

Scarlett said...

Oh no, Melodie! I'm sorry that's happening to her. It's hard enough just going to school and doing what you have to do without obstacles like that. I hope things straighten out soon.

Kandee said...

I'll have to email you about my experience with a similar situation when I was 12. Sounds like what she is going through.