I teach high school. This semester I have juniors and seniors. I have (or rather had) one student who needs 4 more credits to graduate. He is definitely a difficult child---labeled ED---definitely genetic, I've met him mom once in an IEP. But he is really intelligent and interesting---almost genius. He is well read and can carry on a decent conversation. He has spent the last 2 years living with his girlfriend and her mom---also both difficult children. I had girlfriend last year as a freshman. Neither come to school often. He has missed 35 days out of 45. girlfriend hardly comes at all---he tried to come some---but always had some medical emergency. He missed Monday, Tuesday, Wed. this week. I called yesterday---phone disconnected. Today I see him, after his class period, walking towards me. I tell him I missed him today----Where were you? "Dropping out." "Dude, you only have 8 weeks left, don't do that." Long story short---he and girlfriend broke up---(ya think---who allows two underage difficult children to shack up????)girlfriend's difficult child mom told him to not come back near the house----his mom can't get him to school----she doesn't drive and has moved to another county. Sometimes it's just hard to watch what some of these kids deal with. I tried to talk to the AP---I tried to talk to the kid---no solutions found---Guidance told him to go enroll in school in Mom's county----I know it won't happen. And another one bites the dust...and it makes me so sad that he doesn't have a mom willing or able to fight for him.