Mind of a Young Black Male
by, 02-05-2008 at 12:48 PM (1040 Views)
He did good for most of the day and got to be line leader. Later on in the day, he got mad about something and told someone that he was going to go to a gun store and buy a gun to shoot his teacher. When asked by the teacher if he had said it, and if he meant it, he reluctantly answered yes to both questions. But instead of sending him to the principal, the teacher called his mother.
Last night my mama called me, crying, telling me about my little brother's day at school. He's 5 years, in kindergarten. He's had multiple parent-teacher meetings, and even detentions, for misbehavior in school. He is by far no dummy. Before going to kindergarten he had taken a test, at 4, that showed he was on the same level academically as 5 and 6 year olds.
Anyway, she was hurt that he had thought to say something like that, and is worried about what's going to happen if/when the other kids go home and tell thier parents about what he said, and what'll happen if/when it gets to the principal or the school board. He most likely/obviously needs some counseling. But the last thing he needs is to be placed in some class for "troubled children", or put on some kind of medication.
Usually when I talk to him, I try to be encouraging and friendly, but last night I almost went off on him. His major problem is not having enough positive male interaction. His father died when he was 3, and I moved to Texas for college. Even though I'm states away from him, and have little money, I still do what I can to talk with him and encourage him to do better. I'll continue doing what I can, call him more often, write him, and if worse comes to worst, I'll move back to Kansas City.
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