difficult child got angry because he scared easy child and easy child screamed. Not at difficult child, but just like anyone would if someone frightened him. AHHHHHHHHH!!!!! You know what I mean? Anyway, he started screaming that easy child screamed at him and that he has to say he's sorry. I tried to tell him that he scared easy child and that easy child was not screaming AT him, he was just frightened. Then he starts screaming that easy child was in the bathroom and he wanted to take a shower and I had to tell him to get out of the bathroom RIGHT NOW!!!!! (because all this happened while easy child was trying to go to the bathroom). I calmly told him that easy child would be out of the bathroom when he was ready to come out and that he would have to wait. Not good enough. Screaming to get him out NOW!! When easy child did come out he went to go into his bedroom and difficult child went after him. Now, whether or not he meant to do anything to easy child I can't say for sure, but he was angry and I was not taking any chances. I pulled him out of easy child's room and went in to easy child's room. difficult child wouldn't let me close the door behind me and I had to stand behind the door to keep him from coming him. Finally, I went out of easy child's room and tried to get difficult child's hands off of the door handle because easy child wanted to lock his door. I was able to get his hands off the door long enough for easy child to lock the door, and that was when difficult child REALLY lost his temper. He punched me and kept trying to swing at me. I pushed him into his bedroom and tried to get him down on the ground and then all of the foul language started pouring out of his mouth. Every name in the book flying! While I'm not proud of it, I slapped his face when he called me a *****. Not exactly what any mom wants to hear and I lost my temper. I called husband and told him that he needed to come home and then I called my in-laws and asked them to come down so I was not home alone. And I told him that he was losing his video game privileges for the rest of the week because he hit me. Apparently he thinks that I'm being too hard on him because its all my fault that he had to hit me. Then he started in with that he was never going to school again. Now his homework wasn't done and he couldn't go without having his homework done. We told him he was going to school if his father had to put him in the car and walk him into the building himself. That was a non-issue. He goes to school. I got him up this morning and made him do at least some of the work, but he kept telling me that he was sad. Now, if he was sad about what happened last night or if he was sad because he can't play his video games, I'm not sure, but he was very mopey. He has an appointment with the therapist next Monday and with the psychiatrist on Wednesday, but he tells me that he is never going to see either one every again. We'll see about that. To be honest, he had a pretty decent Christmas vacation. Not too bad. A few minor issues, but nothing that I felt needed to be talked about and reported. Then this happens and I feel like I'm getting no where.