difficult child continues to struggle at school this year. I think I posted that at his conference they mentioned the possibility of an alternative program for difficult child. I'm guessing they must be leaning towards it because yesterday I received a phone call from the spec. ed teacher talking about three possible options for alternative programs. One seems to focus more on kids with mental health issues, apparently is new. So far I have not been able to find out much about the program other than it would include a half day at his regular school (all of the alternatives do that) and 1/2 dealing with other issues including therapy. husband definitely doesn't seem happy with the thought of difficult child not going to his regular school and I can understand where he is coming from. However, we both agree that if one of these programs would benefit difficult child we would be open to it. Hard to figure out what to do. We've always been told before (prior to this year) that the alternative programs are for kids who struggle more than difficult child (guess his are coming much more to the surface) and they didn't want him picking up any bad habits from the other kids. After today's incident, I'm becoming more convinced an alternative program might be in his best interest. Another student (also a difficult child) caught difficult child stealing a jolly rancher from a teacher's locker. When he called difficult child on it, difficult child kicked him in the shins, then when the spec. ed teacher told difficult child he can't do that, he started screaming at her at the top of his lungs. He then took off, shoved the student into a lost and found bin, and then dragged him. He ended up with an ISS and a detention (would be more if it weren't for his iep). Poor spec. ed teacher apologized in her email and said she promises start emailing us more positives as well. Sigh...Tomorrow I'll be calling the psychiatrist and letting him know how difficult child has been at school. Looking more and more like we may not be able to avoid hospitalization.