You know the whole suspension with Darrin?? School handled it appropriately. I know that some here think they were a bit harsh, but honestly, while I feel bad about him missing his auction, I agree with them because that is a safety rule. If they didn't suspend Darrin.........well, now, what about the next kid? Know what I mean?. Rules for a good reason don't bother me. And they didn't go overboard with the consequences. Sooooooooooo. You'd think that would be the end of it. Nope. Seems the town has a fb page as a private group. A parent of a child from Darrin's bus stop got on there and made an "announcement" to all the other "parents" about how a student brought a "concealed weapon" to the school yesterday morning and she felt every parent needed to be given the details and the child's name, also that the punishment for suspension was far too mild was hinting strongly that police should be involved and charges filed. I know the whole story. Darrin discovered the knife (3 inches long people, he can't even open most of the actual blades.....which are maybe 2 inches long themselves) while digging something out of his pocket (probably his school dollars) to show another child. He wanted to go take it back home (he lives less than a half block from the stop) but it was past due time for the bus and he was afraid of getting into trouble for missing the bus. So he stuck it back into his pocket. The child of this mother who decided to broadcast it to basically the community as a whole (we're a small town folks c'mon!) is the one to tattled to the bus driver, who asked Darrin who was honest and handed over his pocket knife without any fuss. Darrin never made it to class. He went from the bus to the office and was made to wait to talk to his principal for an hour. Unknown to easy child, that evidently was enough time to get the rumor mill cranked into high gear as this little blabber mouth (yes, I know this child I used to take Katie's kids to this stop everyday for a long while) told every kid she came into contact with that Darrin brought a weapon to school.........from there it got blown up into a gun........a bomb.........well, use your imagination and experience with the gossip mills and children/parents. Meanwhile, the child's mother, who was NOT at the stop (the dad was) is blabbing all over the fb community page and making it sound like Darrin is a frimping terrorist who intended to go in and slaughter his fellow students. This mother also was spouting how her child was a "hero" and saved her classmates lives. omg (drama queen anyone??) When confronted by easy child and her friends this woman starts spouting off that Darrin was showing it off and waving it around.......which he adamantly denies doing. Thank heaven easy child's friends and coworkers (from when she worked at the hospital nearby) are also members of the community fb page......saw it and rushed to her and Darrin's defense, while calling easy child to let her know what was going on. I found out about it via Nichole. She and easy child families attended a grad party for one of easy child's friends' kids........and that was the hot topic of conversation. omg Nichole called me this morning upset and ready to drive down and do battle for her nephew if necessary. Nana, of course, was instantly livid and went into full blown warrior mom mode. It was all I could do to contact easy child instead of getting into my car and driving to the school. (old habits die hard) easy child was upset but didn't realize how extensively this could affect Darrin........socially as well as academically. People listen to rumors........and are human, at best he'd be viewed with doubt and suspicion..........at worst he could be ostracized by teachers and peers. Uh, no. This was not gonna slide. I told easy child to print out the conversation that took place on the city page of fb, call the principal and explain what was going on, and ask/demand something be done to stop it and set the record straight. It took easy child a bit to realize this could get ugly really really fast.........and that it was a good thing her friends spotted it. Superintendent got involved. (my family knows him well........he used to be a principal/vice principal at the HS lol, good guy really cares) We have a phone message system that goes out to ALL parents of students. The message: He said a kid who shall not be named in the third grade accidentally brought a pocket knife to school. The child has been suspended appropriately and no further action is needed. Parents were not originally informed because there was no threat to students. We are informing now to debunk rumors. Thank you. That was the jest of it but easy child said he was really upset and it came through loud and clear in the message to the parents. For pete's sake they'd had another student do the same thing not a week ago and received the same punishment and no one gave a darn. sheesh All it takes is one paranoid parent with bubble wrap syndrome. omg Her child "saved her fellow students" from a small pocket knife that was visible for less than 30 seconds and never opened. Really?? Really?? I had to be stereotypical but the parents of this little girl who tattled are your classic hill billy welfare whiners who refuse to work and literally expect the community to support them. (like I said, small town) The mom has a restraining order in place because evidently she is a habitual trouble maker. The little girl is a classic bully victim and mom is trying to build up her self esteem at the expense of my grandchild. Oh to the hell no! I'm not trying to be mean, I don't have a problem with the little girl......she just has the look of "victim", and I know it well because it used to be me once upon a time. My issue is this mother, someone who has to feel better about herself and teaches her daughter the same at the expense of someone else. Not gonna happen. Not with me as his Nana. This message from the superintendent had better squash this *itches witch hunt, or else she is going to find out immediately she messed with the wrong family. Vent over.