After waiting 15-20 mins to see him this morning, I hear he is in administrative hold so he has to visit me in handcuffs. As I hear it from difficult child and staff (at least so far), there were a couple of mini-fights going on in difficult child's unit on Friday. difficult child said his room-mate is in a gang and although they'd normally gotten along ok (difficult child is not in a gang), the gang of the room mate thought difficult child stole some gang info from the room mate and told the room mate to address it with difficult child. So during all this on Fri, while difficult child was sitting at a rec table with another boy, the room mate came over and starting hitting difficult child. difficult child stood up, "blacked out" and starting hitting back. difficult child says they are both about the same size but he had to give him all he had in order to hold his own. A staff member (female) came over and jumped between them to split it up and happened to be unfortunate enough to catch difficult child's next swing that was already in motion......and she was rushed to the emergency room with a broken nose. From what I hear, the woman told the other staff that she didn't think the punch was meant for her or that difficult child meant to assualt her. They rolled the security films back and after watching them, wrote him up with 2 institutional charges (meaning they'll deal with it in-house and decide his punishment themselves) instead of a "street-charge" (meaning another arrest and court appearance and additional sentence). Sigh. The last time difficult child punched me in the nose- I think 2+ years ago- I was seriously concerned that it might have been broken. difficult child said that right afterwards a guard who'd been watching the incident in progress got on the intercom for difficult child's unit and said "wow, difficult child, I had no idea you could fight like that- I saw what the kid did to you". difficult child just seems like he doesn't know what to do- he says he just can't help it when he gets mad, he blacks out, but swears he didn't mean to hit the staff woman and that he backed off immediately when he saw he had and apologized to her. I said she should have been trained better ways to break up a fight than to jump in between the two but difficult child says that is what juvenile staff are trained to do. on the other hand, if that punch had hit the roomate and more than likely broken his nose, difficult child would probably have had HE!! to pay from that gang.