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Posted by: bronwyn | 2008/08/15

My teen and his school

Hi
I am a parent who is quite confused at the moment. I received a call from my son' s schools yesterday to inform me that he had been in a fight at school and that he attacked the other student with a sciccors, cutting the top of his eye open. My husband and I then met with the principal this morning and the reports that we go about my son' s behaviour shocked the both of us completely. It ranged from him making fun of teachers to switching off the schools main power supply during classes and then the incident that happened yesterday. We as parents are at our wit' s end because we do not know what our plan of action should be with this child because at home with us he is completely different to what his teachers described to be at school. At home is loving, helpful, respectful and is a child that most parents would probably dream of having in their home. So I hope that someone can give me some sort of advice on what I need to do and how I can handle this situation because right now I cannot even think straight.
Thanks
B

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How alarming this must be for you ! Its puzzling that the teachers didn't contact you before now, as whatever these troubles are were building up for some time. As you note, the striking difference between his excellent conduct at home, and his bad behaviour at school is puzzling. Best bet would be to take him to see a good local psychologist ( maybe the school can recommend one ) depending on the boy's age, either a child psychologist who would be fine as they work with kids up into their teens, or an adult psychiatrist who would start with teemns and up.
There would appear to be a need for a proper expert assessment to discover what has been going wrong, which would provide the basis for planning what to do about it.

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