Sheesh. Out of left field. The day after a huge mtng with-difficult child's teachers and resource dir, about how he is backsliding again. F's. Sick days. Missing assignments. Sister JP said she had spoken with-the resource dir about our tutor, L. Res Dir said that L pulled her aside and started talking out of turn about our homelife and how violent difficult child is, and that issue, if it is true, does not affect the teachers and they don't know how much validity there is to it, so Sr JP said she thinks they should ignore it. I cannot tell you how relieved I was! I almost started to laugh. I was convinced she was going to give us the code phrase, "I don't think difficult child's needs are being met here." On the drive over, I was mulling over how much effort it would take to enroll difficult child next fall in a special needs school an hr away, whether the drive would be worth it, whether I'd go insane or want to rent an apt closer, how we would pay for it, all the crazy negativity and what-ifs that run through your mind when you don't have a shred of evidence except for what came immediately b4 the upcoming mtng. But she asked us how the mtng went and acted like nothing was wrong at all. I was so confused. I thought, she looks so innocent. How can she just sit there and play mind games with-us? Until she started to explain. Yes, L, the tutor, does have a big mouth. But if the resource dir read the file carefullly, she would have seen that difficult child is on medications and has had defiance issues at home. I was mildly ticked that L had blabbed, but it wasn't that big of a deal. Frankly, I don't really care what anyone thinks as long as we are safe, well-fed, and have warm beds to sleep in. I'm past that point, Know what I mean?? I did share with-Sister that L had grown up in a war-torn country, where anything they said would be met with-a gun to the head, so now he's in America and he's still catching up on the thrill of being able to talk openly. Not to mention that his brother has issues somewhat similar to difficult child and he is projecting. She nodded (I could tell she was curious. ) I told her I would speak with-him, and husband questioned again whether difficult child was doing anything untoward at school, except for clowing around and flunking out. No. And we all want to keep it that way. L is welcome to talk to us about academics but shouldn't cross personal boundaries. *** I called L and explained the situation. I knew he'd be upset. Interesting ... his point of view. When I typed up release forms for the teachers to talk to him (I had to create my own ... there has never b4 been a situation at this school where a tutor picked up a kid and met the teachers face-to-face and needed written permission), and I inadvertantly left out the resource dir. Oops. I typed up one for her, and the min she had it in her hand, she said to L (who had difficult child waiting in the car) "Come on in and sit down with-me." She pulled shut the door and asked if he had anything to share with-her that might help out at school and with-teaching difficult child. They got to chatting and L mentioned that difficult child could get contentious and defiant and just to be on the lookout. He's officially a teen now. L got it full in the face a few wks ago at our house... I think I posted about it here. I was actually "happy" about it, because as many of you have experienced, a lot of people don't believe how bad our kids can really be (the thread about JV and Soc Svcs insisting that they are not babysitters comes to mind), and L played interference, stood up for me, and really got on difficult child's case. difficult child left the room several times and we had to get him back downstairs. Finally, he broke down and sobbed in the DR, and then was fine afterward. He just really didn't want to have a tutor that day. (We ended up just having him finish one short piece and then L went home, to come back on the weekend after difficult child had slept and had some free time.) So, as L put it on the phone, "It affects ME and I'm a teacher!" Okay, I can see that. He also wanted to know why the Res Dir pulled HIM into a room and closed the door and asked him leading questions, and then asked, "Is he in counseling?" L said, "I don't know." (Thank doG. I don't know if he knew or not but at least he didn't give her any more info.) Just when we'd gotten the math teacher and her passive aggressive attitude under control, this pops up. husband and I talked tonight, and clearly, there are politics going on, but the main thing is, as I told L over the phone (and in fact, he took the words out of my mouth and we spoke at the same time) it's about difficult child and HIS needs, not the head butting antics of faculty and outside tutors. husband and I agreed to tell difficult child that the mtng with-Sister JP was about him and his lack of effort and how he only had until April 16 to catch up. Which is the truth, because we did discuss that, for a split second. It's just not the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.