meets a bigger difficult child. Duckie's is in 5th grade and named "S". They ride the same bus. He's the kid that asked her if she knew the "f" in kindergarten. He has pushed Duckie and her friend E in the aisle. He has called her names. He is a well-known difficult child with a capital "G". The bus aides and driver have done the best they can to deal with a difficult child. But he crossed my line today. Duckie had stood up when the bus came to a stop to wave good-bye to a friend who was getting off the bus. She heard S say "Hey! Let's aim it at Duckie!" Now, Duckie is naive enough to not know that was her clue to duck. She looked up toward the front of the bus and got hit by something in the forehead. She didn't get a good look at it because it bounced away from her. She was startled but not hurt (just a little red mark that faded within a half hour of her arriving home). I'm especially miffed that the aide and driver didn't see or hear anything so they told Duckie it must have been an accident! I called the principal and left a vm. She called back within the hour and assured me she will get to the bottom of it by going on the bus in the morning. She will also talk to S's principal (they attend adjacent buildings). She was concerned that Duckie was hurt... I told her no, though he could have easily hit her eye. She agreed that it was best to address this before someone gets hurts the next time.