Thursday, October 21, 2021

Energy Boost

Special ed chemistry. They were to look up current news events in science and write a summary about an article they read. 

Warning: this post is NSFW. Proceed with caution. 

First period. As Thomas walked in, he announced his presence. "Who are you?" he asked me. When I explained, he replied, "Ms. Y didn't tell us she was having a sub today."

The rest of the class disagreed. Ms. Y had warned them of her absence. That's when Tom admitted that he hadn't been at school the previous day as he hadn't wanted to get out of bed. He wasn't feeling much better on this day as he had forgotten to take his meds. And he had an energy drink which he warned was going to make things much worse. 

Yup. 

While the rest of the class worked quietly, Tom loudly made comments about stuff that had nothing to do with anything. For the most part, the rest of the class did not respond. Apparently they are used to Tom's antics. 

Thomas started almost immediately. While I explained the assignment to the class (something they had done a few times before, so I didn't have to do too much explaining), Tom told the girl seated near him about his energy drink. 

It boosted his energy with caffeine, but he felt it needed something more. Semen. Specifically, his semen. (I wish I was making this up, but that's the word he used.) When I jumped in at that point, Tom pointed out how he felt his power should lend him energy, or something like that. And not only him, but he felt the energy drink should use that in their formulation for everyone. 

Later in the period, Tom explained that he liked to say rude things because he liked making people angry. He liked to get people to react to him. He also said he had no empathy, which I suppose is why making people angry was fun to him. 

If he was trying to get a reaction, he failed. Mostly, the rest of the class ignored him. (They heard him, but they did not react or even respond.) 

He made political statements. He talked about the Satanic church. He called people, especially his classmates, stupid. Many things he called out for being racist (none of which were, actually). 

Funnily enough, I didn't disagree with many of his statements. The only thing I had a real issue with was his calling for murders. Well, that and the tone of his outbursts. 

If I had had an aide with me that period, she would have removed him from the class early on. As it was, I kept a list of what he talked about, and I left it for his teacher. I imagine there was a meeting with administration after all of this. 

(Oh, he kept his mask on the entire period without my having to remind him to pull it back up. If he had really wanted to get a rise out of me, all he would have had to do is refuse to wear his mask.)

19 comments:

  1. Wow. Poor you, and poor Tom. Great the class knows to ignore him. Apparently even Tom knew to draw the line at actual racism. The school would act quickly on that. Hopefully the school will make it clear he must take his medication to attend. (I guess the school didn't call his parents/guardians to have them bring his forgotten meds?) You have great patience!

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    1. He said his parent wouldn't come to bring his medication. I don't know if that's true. If I had had an aide, they would have gone with him, whether that was to the health office or just out to the office and home.

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  2. Tom sounds like a real joy to be around.

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  3. The Church of Satan would not approve of his outbursts.

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  4. One of my cousins is a school psychologist. It must be a fun job (not).

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    1. These are the students that keep them on their toes.

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  5. If the medication helps regulate his mood it's a shame he didn't have it, he sounds like a handful but it's good he didn't disrupt the class :)

    Hope you are having a great week :)

    Away From The Blue

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    1. Oh no, he was a disruption. I think the others just chose to ignore him.

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  6. I'm reading a book by Dr. Durvasula called, "Don't You Know Who I Am?" It's a book about trying to stay sane in a society awash with Narcissism, Entitlement, and Incivility. This behavior is described in the book. Unfortunately, it is becoming very common in our world. I think society is on the edge of some really big sociological shakeup. Unfortunately I have no idea what's in store for all of us. We'll just have to see, but I'm sure it will be thoroughly unpleasant.

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    1. What a bleak synopsis. But I can't argue. Be well and stay safe!

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  7. I see to many people with out mask here.
    Coffee is on and stay safe

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  8. Interesting he recognised (and verbalised) that his actions were attention seeking.

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  9. I can't even imagine how hard your days sometimes can be and which type of students you have in your class. This is completely wrong way to get attention and it is so strange that boy want to make people angry.

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    1. Oh, there are people who enjoy that sort of thing. I don't get it personally, but I know it exists.

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  10. And these are the kids that will be running the world one day.....and taking care of us old folks......WOW

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    1. He won't be. He'll just try to influence things from the sidelines.

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  11. HAHA! Love your priorities. Covid has certainly changed the rules for many things!

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    1. I mean, if he's such an anarchist, wouldn't he be against the mask? He's arguments really didn't hold water.

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