First, my apologies, y’all. My Ron Clark Academy post is forthcoming because, believe me, it was awesome.
But that’s not what I’m going to talk about tonight. Soon, but not tonight.
Tonight, I need advice (as per usual).
Today I had an incident that I’m not sure how to handle.
I was taking my block 4 class of 7th graders to the library. On the way, we passed the vice principal’s office, where G, an 8th grader, was waiting outside, presumably for some sort of disciplinary action. As we passed, I stopped near G to take stock of the class and get everyone quiet before we headed down the hall. One of my students, A, started laughing, like, a lot. I squelched it pretty quick and we went on to the library.
Later, back in my classroom, the students were reading in pairs. A stopped working with his partner and approached me. He said, “Do you want me to tell you what I was laughing at earlier?” I said, “If you want to,” with a little shrug. He then told me that he was laughing because G had pretended to cup my ass and licked his lips as I stopped by him.
I got onto A for laughing about it but also thanked him for being so honest with me about it. I mean, he obviously felt bad enough about it that he felt like he needed to confess it.
But now I’m not sure what to do about G. The whole thing makes me feel really icky, but I’m not sure if I should refer him or just let it go. On the one hand, his behavior was disgusting, and on the other, I worry about the additional problems this could create. My school is very tiny; I teach all 150 of the junior high students. Word spreads fast about EVERYTHING. So I don’t know how worth it it would be to say something to administration about something I didn’t actually see and only have one kid’s word on.
So what do you think?