My daughter woke up yesterday with a very sore throat, so sore that she sounded funny when she talked. She was going to go to school, but, at the last minute, I told her to stay home until we could get her into the doctor to take a strep test. My kids (both) have a history of strep without fever, and we don't like to send them to school if they may get other kids really sick. My daughter goes to school with a child who has a form of cancer and another child with a compromised immune system, and she has very few absences. In fact, I think that was her first one and the plan was to take her to school after we took her to the doctor if her "fast" strep test was normal. Well, she couldn't get in until three so she missed school. The doctor said she didn't have strep and she asked if she could go play at the basketball game that night? The doctor said she could and could also go to school the next day as she had no fever. The basketball game is through the YMCA, not the school. There is a rule that if you are absent that day at school you can't participate in after school activities, but this didn't have anything to do with the school. My daughter's history/science teacher is her only turdy teacher. Without going into detail, let's just say the parents are not happy with him. Anyways, my daughter started crying at basketball because this man had gone to her coach to say, "She should NOT be allowed to play because she wasn't in school." Um, well, she WOULD have been in school if she'd gotten an earler doctor's appointment AND this has NOTHING TO DO WITH SCHOOL OR HIM! It REALLY bothered him. Now, remember, daughter is Learning Disability (LD) and very sensitive and tends to think "I"m so stupid." Her self-esteem is her incredible athletic ability. Apparently the idiot teacher told HER ENTIRE CLASS, "I guess Nicole wasn't THAT sick if she played basketball" with the inference from other kids that she'd ditched school. THe other kids ran out of the room and told her and she was in shock and called me on her cell phone, crying. (These were two seperate incidents in which this teacher got involved in my child's life although he is NOT my daughters School Case Manager (all Learning Disability (LD) kids have one) or her homeroom teacher. It was hard for me to convince daughter to dry her tears, go back to class, and we'll deal with it. Hub, when he heard about it, hit the roof. This is his little girl--he adores her--and both of us know how hard she tries in school--this is her first year mainstreamed and she is getting Bs and Cs. What is WRONG with some of these teachers?????? Anyway, hub left a message for the principal and she wasn't there so he called the School Dean and we're waiting for a call back. Why do teachers have to belittle k ids to other kids? He couldn't have called US to hear the story if it bothered him so much???? Noooooooo, he had to tell her classmates who obviously ran right to her and some ridiculed her. My daughter puts on a strong facade at school, but she is a marshmellow inside and doesn't need this. And this just after we had to deal with Racist Bus Driver. Frankly, I can't wait until daughter is 18 so I never have to deal with school again. Of course, I have a grandchild coming...grrrrrrrrrr...I'll let my son and daughter-in-law deal with HER school issues...lol. I need another strong cuppa coffee. Thanks for listening, friends.