A few weeks ago one of my students came to me and said there was something nasty written about me on wall near the park. My first reaction was embarrassment and sadness. I of course was angry but overall I was more hurt that one of my kids would do that. Well as I started to hear the story I come to find it was one of my students who I have a love hate relationship with. She is one that keeps me on my toes and I had recently called her mother over an issue. The next day magically the vandalism occurs. Fast forward to last week. her and a group of girls were fighting over name calling and how hurtful it can be. She being the one who was outraged that someone called her a name. Well here was my teaching moment. I recalled my dismay when I heard someone wrote some nasty things on a wall for all to see. I explained how hurt I was and but that I didn’t yell or scream or call anyone a mean name rather ignored it and felt sorry for the person who felt the need to do that. I then assured all the girls not to worry because the campus officer was investigating it for vandalism. The child looked white as a ghost and o me that was a lesson I hope she keeps with her. I probably will take this down in a bit but I felt that its important for the kids to know that words written or spoken have power and need to see how damaging it can be.