Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Tragic: Invizo-kid

I should be on the payroll at my son's elementary school. I break up fights like these at least a couple times a week and I'm only there for about five minutes per day before the teacher allows my first grader into his classroom.

The backpack seems to be the weapon of choice, but it isn't uncommon for a board with a nail in it to make it's way onto the playground. I am astounded at how many parents will look the other way as children are mauled by bullies an arm's length away. I try to intervene in as many scuffles as I can but it is tough with a baby and two little girls in tow.

But the school is on lock-down until the teachers open the classroom doors. One day we were late so I told my nephew to run in through the front door to get to class faster. They stopped him and told him to get outside with the rest of the rabble. Would it kill the school system to provide a playground monitor?

Until then, Invizo-kid is just screwed. See you at the next school shooting.

I'm also surprised that there are at least ten guys that tend the yard around the school and yet there has been a broken beer bottle on the sidewalk (inches from the grass) since the first day of school. I also think some smoker across the street from the school leaves cigarettes on the ground for the kiddies. I usually stomp them to pieces as I walk by in the mornings.

Get involved parents. The odds are already against them.


Native Minnow said...

Thanks for making me feel like I'm an even worse father because I'm not so involved in my kids' lives. Jerk!

I was just thinking that it had been a while since you'd posted one of your Tragic: the blathering cards.

PsychoIntern said...

I know what you mean about adults looking the other way... I was at Ross Dress for Less the other day and these two boys, about 4 years old, were hitting products on the shelves with these plastic bats. The adult that was with them was ignoring them, the employees were ignoring them, so I walked over and said, "Please stop hitting things...thanks." and they stopped. I think it is ridiculous that adults don't get involved in stopping problematic behaviors, regardless if it is their child or not. In the town I grew up in, adults would tell you to stop doing things, or tell your parents if they caught you doing something wrong. We need more of that social network in today's world.

Anonymous said...

I'm surprised psycho didn't make them stand in the corner with their noses against the wall.

slimysculpin said...

I don't get it. He's not invisible...

flieswithoutwings said...

I put a special filter on this picture to make him visible to the average viewer. Most people, especially parents, would not even know he was there.