Wednesday, September 10, 2008


I hate to admit this. I think I'm a failure as a parent. Where o' where have I gone wrong? I've tried to teach my children right from wrong. Tried to show them how to be good people.

And what happens? I get a phone call from the Principal at S's Jr. High School. While I'm at work, no less.

S committed a major offense and was given a detention. A DETENTION! Can you believe this? I just know this is the beginning of his life of crime and punishments.

Yes, I know, it's just one detention. But deviants start somewhere, don't they? I knew that 7th grade was going to bring problems.

He brought his detention slip home last week and fessed up right away. Thank goodness. He's learned his lesson. He was remorseful. He admitted he was wrong.

There's hope.

He served his detention yesterday. I guess it wasn't so bad.

He promises he'll never, ever commit such an offense again.

I told him that to be sure, he needs to leave THE GUM at home from now on. Yes, he got a detention for chewing gum. He'd been warned the day before and got caught again.

I hope the Enquirer won't get a hold of this story later in his life.


Mr. Rix was off work yesterday; I was expecting him to be home when I got home. Not so. I called his cell phone only to learn that he was picking S up from school. It seems he was too distraught to ride the bus home. Why-o-why was he so distraught?


I guess he just fell apart in the Asst. Principal's office. The Asst. Principal said he actually felt sorry for S.

At least someone did.

Mr. Rix threatened to make him smoke a whole pack...


postsimian said...


Had me worried there for a second, Rix.

Anonymous said...

I think the next step is juvie detention...just a warning!

Jimi said...

He fessed right up? I dunno... :)

Anonymous said...

I have never understood the rule against gum in school. Why is gum treated differently from anything else with which students could litter or damage property or disrupt class?

I guess this is just another example of government schools treating every kid like the lowest common denominator. "Fair" in a way I suppose to treat everyone the same, but rather demeaning and dehumanizing also. Some kids will put gum under their desk, but rather than just punishing them, they assume everyone will be a gum criminal and try to ban it across the board. Sounds a lot like Leftist theories of gun control...

Jennifer said...

Hmm... I think it's more of a socialist thing-not everyone has gum, so her son shouldn't either. (LOL)

Ms. PH said...

I think he just needs to learn how to hide gum in his cheek or under his tongue. I chewed gum all through high school and never got caught with it. You just have to practice talking with gum in your cheek so you sound normal.

Rixblix said...

Heh. I'm totally with Jen's socialist slant.

Clearly, PH, S has not developed his gum hiding skills. Nor do I think I want him to try to perfect them. I have no idea where he gets his total inability to hide his intentions/thoughts/feelings, and I guess also gum. No idea.