difficult child hasnt' been suspended since early in grade 8. He is now in grade 11. Here in Canada, many of our high schools have changed the format. There was always 2 classes a.m., 2 classes p.m. Now they have 5 shorter periods. The extra class is called MSIP and it is basically a assigned class that is just for doing homework and assignments from your courses. There is a teacher to help with anything you struggle with. So difficult child got exempted from MSIP last year and given a independent law class credit to do instead. He simply had NO work to do during a MSIP period. Hed finish it in class, or be done a big assignment in a day or two that other students had 2 weeks to do. It was wasting his time. So this reason, same issue. The guidance counselor and difficult child clash. She refuses to make a different arrangement for difficult child, but she also refuses him to sit in MSIP with nothing to do all period each day. She wanted to give him work that gives him no credit, just so he'd appear busy. Totally unfair. She's pulled this on him several times since last year. On Tuesday, he turned up home at beginning of MSIP (which is right before his lunch break). He just announced to me his intentions and why he was missing MSIP. It was already done, he was here so what was I to do? I told him it is skipping class and he'll have consequences. The guidance counselor is truly looking for a way to make it harder on difficult child. I told him I wouldn't defend him skipping, although I do know his frustration about this wasted time at school when he could be independently getting credit in something that he is interested in. Anyhow, yesterday he came home laughing. He was called by guidance counselor to the vice principals office. She ranted and raved at him skipping. She was waving about some "work sheets" she developed for him to do to kill time in that period. The same work sheets he gets no credit on that have nothing to do with anything pertinent to school to begin with. Rants about how he's a smart aleck and won't amount to anything with his "bad attitude" about school. (First time EVER skipping a class. A homework class that he would sit doing her self created work sheets???) She worked herself right up apparently. She then demanded he be honest about what he did during his missed period. She intimated he came hom to play video games. He then told her he went, in the pouring rain, across town on his bike and to the PUBLIC LIBRARY! Where he checked out University level books on world religions and sociology since after next year, he'll be studying that in University. He informed her that he figured if she was intent that he sit there doing work sheets if needed so that he's learning, he's better off using the time to read some EDUCATIONAL materials as opposed to writing a paragraph about what he did that weekend to amuse her and make her happy. he said it would have been one line anyhow: Returned 4 books the public library for new ones and spent entire weekend gobling them up and discussing politics from the books with my mother who tells me how proud she is of putting my intelligence TO A REAL USE". So she was angry. The vice principal openly smirked. For his offense of his first ever skipped class (not even a class!) she then issued him a in school suspension. He said HUH? I didn't do your work sheets and I didn't sit doing nothing for a HOMEWORK PERIOD, instead I took out University level books so I could LEARN stuff the rest of the week in that time period .... and my punishment is miss the REAL classes, not SKIP them, but be FORCED out of them, because you got your knickers in a twist? She added an extra day for his rude knickers in a twist comment. He said fine. And shall I make you happy by doing your pointless worksheets while my brain rots in the office during my suspension? The vice principal then spoke up. He told difficult child that he would NOT be doing work sheets. He should bring the library books and during the last period of the day, the guidance counsellor could use the time she'd have used to create and grade the "homemade worksheets" to discuss whatever difficult child found interesting in his books! HAHAHA! I know I should be upset at that rude knickers comment. I should be upset he skipped a class. But somehow, I think I'm with the VP on this one and quite enjoy the way difficult child handled the stubborn and ridiculous control freak guidance counsellor. My kid needs to go into politics. He's a shrewd one!