When to Intervene in School Issues


My almost 10-year-old son came home in hysterical tears yesterday. His side of the story is that at school he saw someone’s school ID on the floor, picked it up, and asked, “Whose ID is this?” and then the teacher put him in time out and took away his recess for the next day. He kept saying he thought he was doing something good but then got punished. This kid has had a total of two behavior marks his entire school career and on the same day came home with a thank you note from the vice principal thanking him for coaching other kids in math. Something didn’t seem right so I emailed his homeroom teacher asking if there was more to the story. But… should I have interfered? Should this have been a lesson in “sometimes life isn’t fair”?

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