Whew. I got a call a little bit ago from difficult child's science teacher. She is very loud and expressive, probably fun at a party. But frankly, coming from a mom's point of view, I think she's unprofessional. She has "emoted" before in meetings, but over the phone just now was over the top. I rec'd an email from her and she said she could not stay after school on Thur (today) for homework. She added that difficult child usually sat with-his "love interest." I typed back that was probably N. The teacher then called me and said that now another couple of students are using her classroom to hang out and stare at one another and not get any work done, and "It's hot. The AC went out, and I'm from NY and I'm not used to this, and I'm afraid I'm going to light off and say something I shouldn't say, but I'm not going to sit here and babysit while kids come in and use my classroom to hang out with-their love interests and don't do any work. So I just wanted you go know that I don't think that kids are doing a lot of work here after school, and I don't know where he is if he says he's staying after, and like I said, it's hot and I want to go home and there aren't very many of us here and these kids are just sitting in there by themselves ..." "difficult child called me and knows that you are not available. He went to pre-algebra down the hallway." "Oh, well, I didn't mean to make it sound like no one was here, I mean, if he's in pre-algebra, then I'm sure there's a teacher there." I spent most of the time saying, "Mmm" like a therapist. I called the main office and explained the situation. She kindly checked pre-alg and said that the teacher was in the room and that the kids were working. (Plus, I can check online and see that difficult child is completing assignments, if a bit behind, and getting graded.) Sigh. I'll pick him up in 20 min. I'm just shaking my head. It can only get worse in HS.