So difficult child is suspended again, ISS, untill we have a manifest determination hearing. He took a bottle of Immodium to school, and apparently said he got it from his "gang" Usually any instance involving drugs or what is portrayed as drugs is an immediate 10 day suspension and involves the local police. Since he has an IEP we have a different route. Anyhoo-- He was supposed to have a 5th grade concert last night, but due to his suspension he could not go. The middle school he will be going to next year was having a potluck last night. Originally difficult child wanted to go to the concert but changed his mind when that was no longer an option. I feel the poor kid does deserve something good, he has had consequences at home, consequences at school--the world has been telling him how bad he is. in my humble opinion, he gets it. It is time to move on. He had a ball at the potluck. He was playing pool with a highschooler, playing fooseball with a girl who will be in his class. He has been really pretty negative about this change, so I was so glad to see something positive related to the middle school. He was really sweet, the girl he was playing with was kinda loud, and when the director started to talk I went and got difficult child and had him sit down with us. He did not argue (wow) but I could tell he did not want to. He later whispered to me that he was worried about the girl as she did not know where her mom was. All the parents were in the cafeteria, she is a fifth grader currently, so I am sure she found her mom, but it was nice to see him worried about someone else, especially given what has gone on with him lately. I never expected to find a really positive thing from being suspended. This was nice. husband even went, though it is hard to socialize with him around. He gets so anxious. We did stay and help clean up some. You know, I really needed to see that side of difficult child again. It will give me the fuel I need to do this manifest determination hearing thing.