I like your idea of respecting his creativity and I agree with the counselor that this could be a positive experience, especially with guidance from the parent/s, but....I also agree with Caesar, that this could be treading on dangerous territory. The key is to stay calm and remember this is a fantasy of a little boy. This is not an uncommon twist in today's experiences for children. For example, often an organization will plan a pirate activity for children where they dress up as pirates (good pirates of course, as if there really was such a thing) or in McDonald's Land, the Hamburglar is a bad thief but still appreciated as a character, and currently (as of the last time Ronald visited our school) the Evil Grimace is a good guy (when I was a kid, he was one of the crooks in TV commercials). However, I also disagree with my above thoughts--I'm seeing both sides--I can see him glorifying an evil mandarin and praising his future self as a murderer and a thief. Again, that can be an outlet for him to write from a kid's viewpoint and learn from the experience of how evil evil really is. Hey--an idea just popped into my head. If it wouldn't put him on the spot in front of his peers, an excellent video on this would be the old TV series The Brady Bunch where, according to my memory, the little boy is fascinated by a western outlaw, and he meets a real older person whose family was negatively impacted by the outlaw. Just a thought. Anyway, my main concern, as I and others have mentioned, it's important to keep the class in perspective. These are little kids, not adults, and they think like little kids. They do not have the understanding to comprehend all that they are saying and doing, but saying and doing is how they begin to comprehend and make sense of the world. In the process, some of what they do and especially what they say will be offensive. I don't see him as bullying the little girl. It was wrong to be inconsiderate, but he has to learn how to phrase his conversations in a more considerate manner and respect others' feelings. This isn't automatically poured into kids' heads and there's no Knowhowtodoeverything Pill for kids to take. They learn by trial and error, and that's where the teacher, parents, and other trustworthy adults come in. I do believe you are a great teacher, otherwise you wouldn't be so concerned, but the key to teaching is to grow as a teacher. We've all been there. Sometimes I think my greatest expertise was in making mistakes. Teaching is a profession of growth and I've learned much from all my mistakes and was the better teacher for it.