This story was brought to my attention by SKL.
“A 13-year-old girl who threw vegetables in a cafeteria worker’s face sparked a fist-fight that ended with criminal charges being filed against the worker, who apparently didn’t find the incident very amusing.
An unnamed student at Gilmartin Elementary School in Waterbury, Conn. tossed her veggies at 55-year-old lunch aide Rosa Robles in the cafeteria line, the Republican-American reports. Robles then walked up to the teen and returned the favor. “How do you like it?” Robles asked, according to the police report. Police spokesman Lt. Christopher Corbett tells the newspaper the girl then punched Robles in the face, sparking a fisticuffs that led to scratches on the girl’s face and cut lips for both the teen and Robles.
Robles now faces charges of risk of injury to a minor, assault in the third-degree and breach of peace. The girl — who is in fifth grade, according to Corbett — has been suspended and will remain so until the school is able to complete an investigation of the incident.”
I know how I feel about this but part of me feels bad that I feel this way. I know how hard this job is. I was just telling you guys last week about the problems I encountered my last few years working in the lunchroom and on the playground and a big part of me feels that a lot of parent’s need to step back and let us do our jobs. I also know that there have to be some sort of problems for a 13-year-old to only be in 5th grade. I have two 9-year-old grandchildren and they are both in 4 th grade so I would “assume” that she has some sort of learning disorder or behavioral disorder.
SO…..adults are supposed to refrain from this kind of thing but sometimes it’s so hard. I would have been so tempted to do this also but I’m not sure I would have. I remember one year I was so frustrated with a 7 th grader that I said to him that “I was getting sick of his bullshit.” He looked at me and said “Mrs Erickson, you swore” and I said “yes I did and I meant it. I’m sick of this bullshit you give me everyday and besides, bullshit is a really good word. I like it.” He then looked at me and said “ya, it’s a good word” and I didn’t have much trouble with him after that. Sometimes I do think kids need a taste of their own medicine but to throw food and hit, I’m really not sure I would have done that. Now that I think about it, I might have thrown the veggies, but I never would have hit a child while at work.
Wow, what does everyone think about this?