It is actually the school social worker. He called this morning to tell me that he was in the office at difficult child's school (he works in several) and he over heard a conversation that has him concerned. First he said difficult child was in the office, taking a cool off time. He said apparently he isn't a big fan of World History class. I told him difficult child's not a fan of any class. Then he said the office secretary asked difficult child what the marks were from all over his arm. He said, "I was attacked by a squirrel" Then this guy said he asked difficult child to see his arm. He had pulled down his sleeves and wouldn't show him. He told him if it was a squirrel they need to look into rabies. difficult child then said it was from putting his arm under the table where nails were. He reluctantly showed his arm. Then he told me they are marks, scabs like all over his arm. a dozen or so. He said it is not from any animal, there are no scratches. I asked if they were marks like him hurting himself. He said he didn't know. difficult child wouldn't say anything. Well, I knew nothing about being out of class or his arm. I did tell him that if difficult child didn't know what it was from, like a rash or something he would show us. He has a lot of anxiety and worries if anything was wrong. He said at first he thought of scabies or something. But he said it is not. We talked quite a while and he will check back on Monday. When I saw difficult child I asked to see his squirrel attack. He laughed and said the saddest part is that school believed him. They didn't..But it looks like chicken pox that have scabbed over. All over the top of his forearm. I asked what it was and he said he is picking at himself. He showed me. He takes his fingernail and picks until it bleeds, then moves to a new spot. He was suppose to have the nurse look at it but he refused. He said it is nobodies business. He said people need to stay out of his business. OMG...why is he doing this. He said he is stressed. Lets see...his Special Education teacher passed away before xmas. His uncle on new years, I am losing my job, quarter is ending and has a ton of missing work, finals coming up. All these new diagnosis's. Before I talked to him I was worried wondering what it could be. So I logged onto his laptop. First it didn't boot up. Then I found out hsi virus protection was not even ON the laptop. He removed it when he loaded Windows 7 about a month ago. Then I looked at his history. PORN HUB I went into the site to see. OMG... So tonight I told him he needs to stay out in the livingroom. If he goes in his room the door has to be open. He is really down in the dumps. tired and said he needs some "alone time". I am telling him we need to put some antibiotic on his arm, but he is refusing. I mentioned to him about cutting and why some people do that. I understand he has had a lot to deal with. He said I am crazy he's not cutting. But he is making himself bleed. Picking holes in his arms.