ravishingjane — Wed, 05/25/2011 - 22:32
Today was a big day with big ups and big downs. The big up was that I decided to call up ol' Doug of Doug's Bugs to let him know that my car stopped running last Saturday and that he could expect to see it later in the day for a re-evaluation. He called me about an hour after receiving it and told me happily, again, that he had fixed my car. We were out and about running errands so Graham dropped me off to pick up my car, which indeed seems to be fixed and running beautifully. I still don't trust it enough to go outside of a 4 mile radius just yet. These things take time.
So I drove home with the top up, thankful that my car seems to trap enough heat to take the chill off of my sick body. Graham went to pickup Pace from school so I beat him home and was sitting at the kitchen table when he came in the door. Right away I could tell that something was wrong. Quinn walked in first and had this look of "everything sucks" on her face. Graham came in next with the same look as Quinn mixed in with some sour pissed off heat emitting off of him. The first thing I said when I saw these two was, "what happened?"
Apparently when Graham got to school, Pace was being cuddled by his teacher and getting over crying due to being bitten by another child. My first thought was a rational one telling myself that these things happen and everything will be fine. Then I saw Pace's back. He has one bite mark on his lower back that looks like a swollen red lump and another one on his upper back that you can actually see the individual teeth marks of the biters upper AND lower teeth. Both bites broke Pace's skin and have swollen up looking quite sore.
I am finding it very hard not to cry just thinking about the marks on his back. I guess Pace was working on a lesson that another child wanted to use and so this other child bit him. Hard. Twice. We don't know which child is to blame and I understand why Pace's teacher would keep that information within the school. She did however let on that this isn't the first incident with this particular child. I immediately e-mailed the schools directress to send her a photo of Pace's back and to inquire about what action is to be taken. She responded saying that she is now aware of the severity of the situation and that she doesn't take it lightly. She plans to discuss with the parents about whether the school is a good fit for their child.
Really I just want to know if the biter will be there tomorrow. I pay good money to send my kids to this school. Pace has only spent 9 days there and is still learning how to interact within the school and with other children. Will he be upset about going there in the morning? Will he think that biting is something he can do? Will he be afraid of the other children? He's so young and feisty himself that I really do fear he could decide to pick up on a bad habit or two if exposed. I am incredibly upset.