My Son Did The Right Thing

My oldest son, Axl, is a second grader but this is his first year at his current school. He’s had a pretty easy adjustment, though there have been issues on the bus (interestingly, the girls on his bus seem to be wilder than the boys). He made friends quickly and has really enjoyed it.

I was talking to The Wife on the phone this afternoon when she told me she’d call back because she was getting call waiting from a number she didn’t recognize. She called back a few minutes later and told me that it was the principal at Axl’s school. My heart sank and a pit instantly formed in my stomach. As my wife and I are fond of saying, we don’t have a halo complex about our son. That said, I was dreading what I was about to hear.

“That was the principal at his school,” she said, “but he’s not in trouble. Apparently, another kid exposed himself to Axl during lunch.”

“Oh,” I replied. “Um, okay.”

“She said that Axl handled it perfectly. He told a teacher, and when they both went to the principal’s office to explain what happened, he was honest and really nice.”

“Phew, I’m really glad to hear that,” I said. “I’m just glad he didn’t hit the kid or anything.”

“I’m glad he wasn’t the one who exposed himself,” The Wife said.

Obviously, this was not a situation in which someone in a position of authority exposed himself to Axl. There was nothing threatening or dangerous about this at all. However, I’m really proud of the way he handled it. He didn’t freak out, he didn’t lash out, and he didn’t make fun of his friend. It gives me some confidence that if he ever finds himself in a bad situation, he  will know what to do (tell a grown-up). Not that there was anything difficult about it this time, but I’m glad he didn’t try and handle it himself.

How would you tell your kids how to handle a stuation like this?


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  1. Left Coast Dad says:

    We did have a situation like this. Kid told us, we told the principal, and thankfully the principal handled it. If the principal had not, we would have THE NEXT DAY gone to the school district.

    That was AGES ago in public school.

    The kids (different ones) go to Catholic school. That sort of behavior is clamped down pretty hard by the administration and peer pressure.

  2. James Hudyma says:

    Sounds like he did a perfect job of handling the situation.

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