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BOTD 01-18-14 Overheard - A Blast from the Past 1978 - A Kat Production

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Overheard – A Blast from the Past – 1978
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You teach seventh grade science at a Texas junior high school. This morning, Aaron (age 13), one of your favorite students (even though you aren’t supposed to have favorites, you do) was acting very silly in class. Aaron is usually well behaved and a conscientious student, but today he seemed to be intent on pushing the limits. You gave him several warnings, but you finally decided that he’d gone too far; in fairness to other students you had paddled for similar behavior in the past, you felt you had to paddle Aaron. You took him out in the hallway, asked the teacher next door to you to witness the punishment, and gave him two swats. Though you felt bad for him, you did your best to treat him exactly as you would any other student. He didn’t cry, but he was visibly upset. You suspect he feels a little betrayed, which you can understand, but you also understand that showing blatant favoritism would cause problems for both of you.

Aaron 13
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This is your week to supervise the cafeteria during the A lunch period. As you patrol the room, you come up on the table where Aaron is sitting. He doesn’t see you, nor do any of his friends, who are teasing him about the swats. In a loud, carrying voice, he says that you are an ‘asshole’. Before you have a chance to respond (or quietly back off so you don’t have to respond), one of his friends sees you and tries to get Aaron’s attention by calling out, “Hey, Mr. ----!” Aaron’s face turns red with both embarrassment and fear. How will you handle this situation?


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Skater


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This is an easy one.. I'm Sargent Shultz!

I see "nothing" I hear nothing!


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AFinch


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And seeing and hearing nothing, I can DO nothing. Which is the appropriate response to this matter.

John Boy


Sherrif
Skater wrote:This is an easy one.. I'm Sargent Shultz!

I see "nothing" I hear nothing!
AFinch wrote:And seeing and hearing nothing, I can DO nothing. Which is the appropriate response to this matter.
Ditto both of you.

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David M. Katz


Marshall
I will pretend I heard nothing and I will do nothing.

Aaron might still be feeling a little betrayed but that will pass. I think he mostly needs to save face with his friends.


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ivor


Marshall
I'm beginning to suspect that Aaron ay be trying to gain some street cred with his friends. If all of the have bee paddled at some time ad he hadn't this could explain a lot.

If I have the relationship with him that I believe I have, then this could be the time to call him to my office or take him somewhere we can have a chat. Hopefully he is bright enough to realise that he left me with little option earlier other than to use my paddle.

I cannot paddle him again now, but a detention seems in order and perhaps that ill give the opportunity for that chat.

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MemoryMan


Sherrif
I hear it loud and clear; not only the remark but the teasing.  I will profess not to have heard it but I've had a wake up call.

Paddlings are fairly routine - so why was he being teased?
Why had he been acting up anyway?
I know from our previous relationship he doesn't regard me as an asshole.
Had he been being teased (even bullied?) about being a goody goody?
Was it a deliberate attempt to get rid of that image and get paddled to establish some street cred?
Or
Was it because I had allowed my regard for him to become obvious?

I've got some thinking to do.

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Jack


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I'm not going to talk to Aaron right now. I will catch him, as soon as possible, when we can have a quiet talk for a moment without everyone assuming he's in trouble.

I just need to tell him that I'm sorry if he's upset with me, but that, while I do like him, it would be unfair to everyone else and to him if I treated him differently than the other students. I'll point out that he did have several warnings before getting paddled, but that, if there's some problem causing him to act up, he should have told me about it, so we could have tried to deal with it before it became a problem.

It's possible that if I just ignore it, things will fix themselves, but I'd like Aaron to at least understand why I acted like I did. Maybe I should have told him this before getting the other teacher, but I'll bet we can fix it now. Any kid who's one of my favorites will be self-honest enough to admit what really happened (as soon as his butt and dignity stop hurting).


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Jack


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MemoryMan wrote:Paddlings are fairly routine - so why was he being teased?

Teasing after paddlings is (was?) fairly common, in the same way that teasing over getting the crap knocked out of yourself in sports or making some spectacularly, publicly, spastic move (like tripping over a bench or your own feet), is going to get you teased. I always considered it how boys commiserate, and there's a certain amount of 'there but for the grace of God', and a certain amount of schadenfreude, but also a lot of support and friendliness.


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squarecutter


Sherrif
I think I might catch Aaron at the end of the day and just say, without reference to what I heard at lunch, that I was sorry I had to paddle him and explain that, very unusually for him, he had crossed the line and that for the good of the class, and Aaron, I couldn't let it go. As far I was concerned the matter was now closed. It might be the kind of chat I would have with any other student I just paddled will leave to tomorrow to see if Aaron i still reacting badly towards me. I won't mention what I heard.

Padraig


Trailboss
I go with the general opinion...

Stone Man


Marshall
Padraig wrote:I go with the general opinion...

As do I. Publicly I heard nothing, privately I will find a time for Aaron and me to talk.

Pi Beta


Deputy
I will tell him quietly that I want to see him at the end of the school day. Let him wonder whether of not I heard. How I then will react will depend entirely upon him, but whatever, we will have a long chat.

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