I have an issue that has now consumed 2 days of my life and I am sick of it!! I want it gone!! Let me back track here...Last Friday J was driving to school and he felt like his truck was acting funny and noticed that it was getting hot, which is pretty hard to do when it's freezing cold outside! And it wouldn't shift, so he called the Hubby and he was told to pull over and let the truck cool down then drive 20 miles per hour the rest of the way. So that is what he did, the ending result of him driving it in that condition is it fried the transmission so now we have this huge bill on our hands and J is without a truck!! The Hubby couldn't go help him that morning as he was already an hour away working...So he got to school and as he was going down the hall the bell rang and he was "late" for class so he got a tardy.. So Monday he comes home and says I have detention for my tardy on Friday, I asked him did he explain that his truck broke down etc and he said yes I told him that but he said I already used my other 2 "freebies" for being tardy so this would stand. So he was to serve this detention Wednesday afternoon. So I told him I would call the school and try and figure this out, I don't feel like it was his fault that the truck broke.. So I was going to call the school Tuesday afternoon before they left for a game in another town but the game was canceled and the next thing after that is that J was serving his detention that night. So I called to speak with the Vice Principal and he said basically that he was to serve this and that's how it is. I asked him how this was a valid tardy when his truck broke down? He replied to me that they have this policy in effect because of parents that will call and say their child had car issues if they are simply running late so to stop that car issues are no longer a valid excuse. Then he proceeded to tell me that "the school district provides transportation and since we don't choose to use it then that's our problem". My response to that was "you don't provide anything for after school practices and I would have to go get him everyday. Well I did that last year and I don't have the time to sit around in the parking lot every night because they never get out of practice on time"!! So then he puts the Principal on the phone who is a complete waste of my time! This woman has decreased our student population by half in the year and a half that she's been there!! She does not take our children's education as a top priority she spends more time trying to look good...So what does she do with these kids that she doesn't like she either straight out kicks them out of school and they go to the local "Learning Center" or she harasses the child and family until the choose to leave! So my conversation with her was very short as she is always right and everyone else is always wrong!!! And "he will be serving this detention today she told me" and I said "oh no he won't I will be there to get him out of detention" So that is what I did!! I pulled him out of there!! And man it felt great! I took him over to his BB coaches and asked what their policy was if he would have to sit out still and they said no he did not they were glad to have him back into practice and one of the coaches went as far to say he thought it was stupid anyways LOL!!! Oh did I mention that 99% of the teachers do not like this woman!!! I called our Superintendent and spoke with him about the issues with her and I explained to him that I will yank my child out of that district and send him to another school that is close and he definitely does not want that to happen!!
This would be his now broken down truck :(
SO now I should mention why this is such a big deal...J has worked really hard this semester keeping his grades up, getting to school on time, not being absent, no disciplinary action (not to hard for him LOL), SO the "prize" for all of that is he does not have to take his finals! And my other issue is that the other 2 tardy "freebies" he got during school hours and both were do to teacher issues basically. So now that he has this strike on him he has to take those finals....He was so upset because he was looking forward to that bit of break on his stress level in school!! So I spent all afternoon today speaking to the Superintendent and VP and informed them both that I will not deal with the Principal again and I know my son will have a target on his back from her...Oh and did I mention that last year she told me "I must not be quite the mother I claim since I did not know my son was missing an assignment in a class", I informed her that "if she ever made that type of statement to me again she would be SO very sorry she did because my children are my TOP priority" and she says "yeah if you say so" then she hung up on me!!!!!!!!
So what is a mother to do when she feels like her child is losing out over something stupid!! I was asked today by the Superintendent "why do you not just teach your son that sometimes life isn't fair and this is how it is"? My response to that was "because I teach my children to stand up for what they believe and what is right"...He didn't have a response for that. UGHH it sucks being in a situation that you cannot control! My feeling is I am the parent and I make the decisions for him so when they do something like this it takes part of MY job away!!!
Who would even want to be mean to this kid?!?!