difficult child 3 told me today that he punched someone in the face and then they left him alone. I got more of the story out of him piece by piece in a kind-of backwards fashion. Put all together this is what happened. A 2nd grader with a monkey shirt and another 2nd grader brought some matches from home and was trying to burn difficult child 3 with them. They also tried to punch him in the face and kick him in the penis. They also tried to burn another kid. I am not sure what order those 4 things happened in or if they succeeded in hurting difficult child 3. (I was trying to not scare him and make it worse.) I do know the last event was difficult child 3 punching one of them in the face. Then they left him alone and difficult child 3 went to tell a teacher. difficult child 3 says the playground aide took the matches away from the 2nd grader, sent them back to class, and called their moms. He also told me that this kid has been trying to hurt him everyday before school starts. Not a word of this has come from the school, so I get to call the school (maybe show up there) and try to figure out if difficult child 3 really did tell the teacher and if the teacher/aide did do what he said she did. Because there has been mis-communication between difficult child 3 and the playground aides before. Part of the confusion has been that difficult child 3 didn't know what matches were. He called them hot sticks. We had an avalanche of junk fall out of a closet and I hadn't put away the matches yet (don't get me started on what husband keeps in places the kids can get to.) I was questioning difficult child 3 about "hot sticks" because I didn't understand. He pointed to the matches and said "those, they brought them from home." difficult child 3 is still confused about who to punch and when, but I'm so glad husband told him to stand up for himself. We'll work out the 'don't hit your sisters' rule.