For the first time in my teaching career, I was physically attacked by a disturbed student yesterday. He is a foster child and dealing with mental and emotional issues beyond the scope of anything I've encountered.
Students on their way into my class told me a new boy had a rake outside and was trying to hit them with it. When I asked him for the rake, he spewed obscenties and came after me, swinging for my head and then trying to jab my eyes with it. I'd never seen him before and wasn't even able to use his name as I tried to talk as soothingly as I could despite taking some whacks to the legs with the rake and protecting my face. After a round of me ducking and jumping, he took off, and my main thought was to keep him from getting on the highway.
I pursued in my skirt and heels across a playground and a basketball court as he threw the rake and then his backpack at me before disappearing in a dugout on the baseball field. I turned to pick up the rake and go for help when the approaching principal shouted a warning. I looked back and saw him running after me with some kind of cord or rope; he evidently thinking he could choke me with it from behind. He then tried whipping my legs and face with it, but I held him off with the rake until more help arrived.
Then this morning, we found someone in Iowa had hacked into one of our accounts that hasn't been used in ages and purchased a computer and game system with it. We are in the middle of resolving that today, as well as trying to determine the extent of the identity theft.
To top it off, I have a dentist's appointment today. It will be the first time in 16 years I have been. I don't even want to think about it!
So, this is it. I am closing the door to the bad/ weird/ and unpleasant things. I only want to think about good things now.
I don't want this to be a pity me post because I have more blessings in my life than I can count. But I would love to hear some of your good things. Come on- don't be shy. I'd really love to read them!