I went to pick up Mr W from his after school care and just as I was walking into the gym from the hall, he was walking in from outside. In tears. There is one child he has gone to school with since kindergarten that pushes his buttons, trash talks, makes outrageous accusations/ declarations at Mr W, all to get a rise out of him.
Is my kid totally clean in this? No, it seems that Mr W feels compelled to throw stuff back sometimes. I would put money on the notion that my kid does not start these confrontations, though. My kid is the one who still wants to get along, who yesterday, when this twerp was "ranking his friends" out on the school yard and Mr W for some reason wanted to be included, was told something like, "you don't get to be my friend".
Why this little cretin has chosen my child to torment is beyond me, except for the fact that Mr W reacts. It's easy for me to say, "just ignore him" and so very hard to do. It's gotten to the point that the kid escalates what he says in order to get Mr W to react. Ugh. I was very happy to hear the kid is not going to Mr W's middle school next year as we had originally thought. Good riddance.
Here's the thing, and I will tell this child when I see him next. Any time you do or say something to bring tears to someone else's eyes, it's wrong. Simple as that. Golden rule, buddy. Learn it.
Hey! On a lighter note, I just realized this is my 800th post to this blog. Thanks for reading it, and for your good comments.