No real personal story here, but just something I was chatting about with a few other teachers. There seems to be cases here and there in our school of kids who take pointing out other's faults to a personal level, like their lives are at stake if they don't manage to get another kid in trouble--one teacher said he had a girl bawling when she said another little girl had lipstick in her backpack and the teacher did nothing about it. I've heard two sides of the solution: either ignore most tattling with an explanation of true emergencies, and deal with each and every tattle in hopes of building up the tattler's security and helping him see what truly qualifies as important. Sometimes I think there are kids that are just desperate for attention, and tattling is one way to get it. Or perhaps a kid is having trouble with another student, and uses tattling over little things as a battle strategy. I've had the latter before, and it seems to be a mean girl tactic. I keep thinking about this other teacher's bawling girl, and I can't help but wonder what one would do if tattling were that important to a student?