Is this something I should be concerned about?

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  1. SpecialPreskoo

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    Oct 27, 2016

    It doesn't matter what anyone tells you, you question it. Take my 2 cents for what it is worth... and everyone else's. Go off and be nice and try to be popular. ;)
     
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    Are you being sarcastic?
     
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    O.K., so here's what happened:

    Before class got going, I called the first writer out in the hall (fortunately all the writers of the story were in class). I asked him who the other writers were. He was not sure- duh! I knew who they were and called them out as well. I had the paper in my hand. I asked them if they knew why I had called them out. They seemed to know. I told them I was very concerned and disturbed about what had been written. I proceeded to ask each of them, regarding their passages (that I would point to), what they had meant when they wrote it. The first kid (who had finished his part-the beginning passage-with my name as the person who was run over) said he wasn't sure. I believed him. I think it was a knee-jerk unthinking response in the writing. The kid who wrote the next section about the person who ran over me not caring it was me and continuing to flee said they were just trying to say that the character was on the run and didn't want to stop. The third kid said she was continuing the story and that's why she used my name again when it was her turn to write. The first kid seemed genuinely upset. The second kid (a girl) was upset and wanted to clarify that the intent was not malicious. The third kid was embarrassed.
    I told all three that I didn't mind a joke in poor taste. That while an inappropriate story, I could understand a mistake. What I can't tolerate, I told them, was writing something malicious. Since two of the three stated outright that their intention was not to be mean, I felt better.
    I also told them that this was no way to write about somebody who educates them, and that they wouldn't appreciate somebody writing something like that about them or someone they cared about. I also mentioned how in this day and age talk of violence is treated seriously.
    Anyway, I felt satisfied that they didn't write out of hatred or indifference towards me. At the same time they learned a lesson. One offered an apology and I asked the other two for one as well.
     
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    Proved my point. You even questioned my sarcasm. :)
     
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    Just getting to this thread. You handled this matter perfectly by pulling the students out and talking with them quietly and away from their peers. It sounds like you are satisfied with the outcome. My bet is that they will see you in a different way, and that is NOT one that indicates weakness.
     
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