Wee was suspended today for 5 days. Third suspension this year. Actual "third offense" is supposed to be 10 days. Principal knows suspensions don't work for wee, so he reduced it to 5. This will make a total of 9 full days suspension this year, plus he only attended partial days til Jan 5. His SpEd teacher is his lifeline. Anything that goes wrong, he goes straight to her. SHe's great. She was gone this atfernoon, which makes him anxious to begin with. He was in gym class. He was not picked by the other students when they picked partners for the game. He was assigned a partner and it wasn't the kid he usually clings to in class, it was another boy. AND THEN THEY PLAYED A SPELLING GAME!!!!! (he is severely dyslexic and is preK on all academics except math). Towards the end of class, he left the room in total frustration, saying everyone thinks he's a big fat loser and wanted to go to SpEd. He headed that way. Principal stepped out of the room he was in and tried to intervene. Wee was way too far gone and only had getting to SpEd on his mind. Wee stepped to the side like he was going to go around the principal and principal stepped to the side to physically block him. Once "cornered", wee hit him. I told the principal I thought another suspension just reinforced what wee thought of himself, which was a big precursor to today's events, but he stuck to his guns, while agreeing it was not effective. I told him I would be appealing the suspension. I have called a board member who is relaying info to the superintendant. Super is to call me, hopefully tomorrow. Board member also asked about home bound services, of which we've been offered none (and frankly, I don't see that going well, either, but that's not the point). DESE is pushing Positive Behavioral Supports which does not include suspension except for the worst of scenarios. PBS training is free to districts. I am going to push for that to be applied to wee going forward, if not this time. We also need a backup plan for when the SpEd teacher is out. What am I missing?