I posted the other day that difficult child had a really bad night, and at the end of the screaming tantrum he kept telling me that he didn't want to go to school. That it was too hard and that he just could not do it anymore. He said that he "just needs a few days to calm down so that [he]can go." While all kids complain about going to school now and then (some more than others) this is something that I have never heard difficult child say. I asked him if something at school was bothering him and he told me now. He just couldn't go. husband and I stood our ground and sent him. In the meantime I sent an e-mail to the guidance counselor to ask the teachers if something was going on that I needed to know about. Was he having any problems with his peers? Was he being bullied in any way? BINGO!!!! The GC called difficult child down to talk to him about something else, and in the course of the conversation asked him how things were going in general. How were his classes? Things like that. difficult child told the GC that there is a boy, N, in his gym class who was bothering him. Apparently, N is a very good athlete and difficult child is not. I always say he's more Albert Einstein than Albert Pujols. Whenever difficult child does something wrong in gym N gets on his case and is really mean to him about it. So the GC sent an e-mail to the gym teacher saying that several student, one one in particular, have come to him complaining that N is being obnoxious to them and it it really bothering them, without specifically naming difficult child. Gym teachers shoots GC an e-mail back telling him that N was specifically called out in the gym earlier that day for being a bully, specifically naming difficult child as the target of the bullying. Now, difficult child does not know that the GC and I had spoken and that I know about the problem in the gym class, so while I can't ask difficult child about it, I will be keeping in touch with the GC to make sure that this is being dealt with. I knew that there was something more going on than just the normal, "I don't want to go to school tomorrow."