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June 16th, 2009 (02:11 pm)

current mood: stressed

A call from the principal's office is never a good thing. This afternoon, the assistant principal at my son's elementary school called to say that my son and several other boys were sitting in his office, having been caught during recess throwing rocks at cars in the parking lot. These are not disgruntled teenagers. These boys are first-graders, all of seven years old.

A car belonging to a fifth-grade teacher was damaged. She's going to get some estimates for repairing the damage, and each boy's family will have to pay an equal share of it. Unfortunately, the car was a BMW, so I imagine it will not be cheap.

I'm mystified. Why do boys do lamebrained things like this? What were they thinking? My son is not home from school yet, but when he arrives, we will have a talk, and probably not a pleasant one.

If anyone out there has been a seven-year-old boy and understands the motivation behind such an act, I would really like to be enlightened.


Posted by: Allison Stein (astein142)
Posted at: June 16th, 2009 07:03 pm (UTC)

You should ask Mike. I remember his boy had at least one incident of mindless destruction while growing up....

Posted by: petrini1 (petrini1)
Posted at: June 16th, 2009 08:34 pm (UTC)

I asked Jon Morgan why he did it. He said he did it because the other boys told him to. He also insisted that he didn't really do anything wrong, because he didn't actually hit the car. The rocks he threw missed it. Like that makes it OK.

Posted by: dragonet2 (dragonet2)
Posted at: June 16th, 2009 08:50 pm (UTC)
I do know boys

will do stuff that girls would not think of doing (for the most part, there are exceptions).

Though the other boy of that age I was recently acquainted wioth (a co-worker's kid at the place I used to work) got into trouble for dropping the f-bomb... in the classroom. We were having a quick one-on-one conversation when she got the call.

Posted by: Lawrence M. Schoen (klingonguy)
Posted at: June 17th, 2009 12:36 pm (UTC)

boy are from Kronos, girls are from Romulus.

Posted by: petrini1 (petrini1)
Posted at: June 17th, 2009 01:06 pm (UTC)

Yes, Lawrence, I think you're onto something!

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: June 19th, 2009 12:15 pm (UTC)

Well Cathy, I don't know why they do it but they do things like this regularly when young. Logan "drew pictures" on our new car with a rock... all around the sides.. every door and panel. He also plugged up our toilet with bananas. He took apart our vacuum cleaner when he was 4. He mixed all of the bathroom shampoos, conditioners and scrubs together to make one nasty batch of blech. I don't know what goes through their minds but my daughter never did these things.

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: June 19th, 2009 12:21 pm (UTC)

And let me just add that Logan came home from kindergarden one day telling us he was in love. He said he was in love with Sophia and he had been kissing her in the cement tubes at recess. Harold and I called the principal just to make sure they kept a better eye on him next recess and asked him to have a little chat with him about school rules out there. The next day he came home and when we asked him about his chat with his principal he said " Mr. Rodreguez said that kissing was a private thing. So we need to find a place that is more private, mom" Needless to say, Harold and I had another chat with him.

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