First of all, the thought of difficult child 2 cheating on a test is so far out of character I had to make sure I heard him right when he got in the car today and told me what happened. He had an essay test today and he thought it was open-book. Turns out it wasn't, and several of the kids around him started scolding him when they noticed that he had his book out for the test. Apparently he'd already answered half the questions when they sounded the alarm. He put the book away. Another student (who has openly said to easy child that she hates difficult child 2) took it upon herself to tell the teacher what had happened. The teacher confronted difficult child 2, and he said he tried to tell him that he did not know it was not open-book but that the teacher wasn't listening, so he decided to just agree with him and not argue. The teacher commended him on admitting to the cheating. Apparently the test was thrown in the trash in front of the whole class. I don't know yet if he'll be allowed to retake it or some other form of it. I told the teacher in an email (he's got an in-service day this afternoon and he wasn't in the classroom when I called) that I did not believe difficult child 2 intentionally cheated. I asked him if he explained the instructions for the test beforehand, and whether or not he confirmed that difficult child 2 was paying attention and heard the instructions. difficult child 2 is seated at the front of the classroom specifically because of his poor attention and focus skills. Now, I know the teacher's desk is in the back of the room, so perhaps he handed out the test and then sat down there. But it's a little strange to me that difficult child 2 would get 1/2 way through a test without the teacher noticing that he's using the book and that other students had to alert him to what was going on. To top things off, difficult child 2 was teased and harrassed about the incident later in the day. He gets to serve 30 minutes detention tomorrow. I told the teacher I disagreed with his interpretation of the situation. Just to be sure, I called a friend whose daughter is also in the class, and she said they were just talking about what happened to difficult child 2 -- her daughter said she didn't think difficult child 2 knew it wasn't open-book either. I didn't tell the teacher that, though. Then I had to fire off an email to the assistant principal because some boys have been making verbal threats the past two days to difficult child 2. It seems to have started yesterday, when difficult child 2 was on the playground and another student left his jacket hanging on the equipment when the bell rang after recess. difficult child 2 took the jacket down and called after the boy to let him know about the jacket. The boy didn't respond, so difficult child 2 hung the jacket back up. Then the boy came running back and yelled at difficult child 2 for touching his jacket "Why'd you touch my jacket?! What is your problem?!" Today, the same boy told difficult child 2 if he touched his jacket again he'd kill him. A little later on the way back to class, difficult child 2 tapped another boy on the shoulder (who it turns out has been walking by difficult child 2 at different times and calling him "stupid") -- says he doesn't know why he touched him, but the kid turned around and said if he touched him again, he'd kill him. Then he proceeded to brag to others that he could kill him if he really wanted to. Considering the fact that difficult child 2 got suspended last year for having a Swiss Army knife in his pocket and making a similar comment to someone, I felt this warranted further investigation! And is if all this weren't enough, the jacket boy (and no it's not the same one from last month whose jacket he accidentally ripped) is the principal's son and she's aware of the tension and problems between difficult child 2 and her son. When it rains, it friggin' pours here, I'm tellin' you!