i realise it's christmas eve and all should be merry, but i had an awful day yesterday that i just cannot get off of my mind. i am a preschool teacher, and usually work with 3 year olds, however i spent a bit of time in our 5 year old classroom after naptime yesterday. they woke from nap, had a snack, and i then read them a story while they sat incredibly nicely on the carpet (which i take a bit of credit for, as these kids used to be in my room and we work very hard with story time). there is one child that has been at my center for two years now, i had him in my room and he was trouble from the first day he started. he slapped kids, threw fits, threw toys, he was just downright awful. for whatever reason i have a soft spot for all the bad children because i know theres got to be something going on at home for them to act this way, so i tried VERY hard to help him express his anger properly and help him learn POSITIVE ways to get attention--something that i can't imagine he gets at home, as his grandparents are raising them and well, theyre very strange, VERY rude people. the entire time he was in my room instead of referring to me by name, his grandma called me "the lady," though she obviously knew my name. well this child is STILL acting out two years later, a few weeks ago he had a fit and threw scissors across the room, chairs across the room, etc...he still hits the other kids and throws toys at them (it's embarrassing because he even throws toys at parents and siblings in the room who are picking up children to leave)...yet he has not been kicked out of our center. hes gotten written up at least 50-75 times within these two years, if not more for doing dangerous things either to himself or other children. well, i was reading a story and this difficult child refused to sit with the class on the carpet, which i ignored. he wasn't being disruptive so i chose to ignore it and pay attention to the other 19 children that were behaving. he then decided to get a baby blanket from our baby center and cover up a child's face with it while they were trying to pay attention to the story, then WHIPPED another child in the back of the head with the blanket. the other teacher who was in the room, who was cleaning up snack, walked over to him asking him to stop and was going to take the blanket, and he ran away from her, in front of our circle, towards me, and SLAPPED ME ACROSS MY FACE. he left a handprint that was there for at least an hour if not more. our director called his grandma, who seemed surprised because of how much he likes me (he comes to my room every day to say goodbye to me and grandma has deemed me "his girlfriend"), yet she, like always, does nothing about him. she wasn't told to get him early, but it's only courteous to do so to keep everyone safe, don't you think? this child can do whatever he pleases, put the teachers and other children in danger, yet he won't be disenrolled from our center because we are part of a corporation and they would rather me and the other children be in danger than lose one measly child's tuition. grandpa picked him up (i'm pretty sure grandma was embarassed and didn't want to face me), and only told him he wouldn't be riding his four wheeler that night because he got in trouble...first of all it's 20* if that at night here, and he gets picked up at 6PM as it is..second of all that is ALWAYS what they do when he gets in trouble, so it is OBVIOUSLY NOT WORKING. THE CHILD SLAPPED ME ACROSS MY FACE. sure i may not SEEM like a proper "teacher" because i look young, but they need to respect that I AM a teacher, and he slapped an ADULT. i'm sure if i had pressed charges for assault grandma and grandpa would take it much more seriously. i just can't get it out of my head...in front of the entire class while i was trying to read to them, he ran up and slapped me, and everyone couldn't care less. since when is a family's money worth more than safety? it sickens me how incredibly greedy this daycare corporation is.