Recent news makes a mom wonder if her kids do the right thing in the face of peer pressure and general kid stupidity. Hope came home yesterday and said she was glad to be off the bus because a kid had an accident at school. Motherly prodding elicited more details which may or may not have been truthy/truthful. A little kid, a boy, had pooped his pants at school and was carrying said soiled pants home in a plastic bag on the bus. The bag had a hole, said Hope, and so it was stinky and teasing ensued. Hope sat near the boy and she told me she encouraged him to ignore the teasing from several cohorts. She said it "sorta" made him feel better. I hope it did better than that because I am fully aware of the torrent of torment that can be unleashed on a human being. I was both the giver and the receiver. We need to be nicer to one another.
One of the huge benefits of working in the same school as Hope is that I have been able to introduce her to some of the kids with whom I work. I have seen signs of kindness and empathy in her that I hoped would be there. I didn't have that at her age.