“She added staples to her pudding during snack time. Thankfully, the child only slightly cut her tongue on one and didn’t actually ingest any, but it could’ve been much worse, as you can probably imagine. This child, Belle Merton, is a ‘popular girl’ of sorts in the class, so I’m not completely sure but that could’ve been a motivating factor for her. I and the other students realized Kelly had done it because she was laughing hysterically as soon Belle started crying. When I asked her about why she had done it, she simply told me that her friends, Avalyn, Mandy and Victoria, had encouraged her to do it and wouldn’t go into further detail. We take assault on other children very seriously, but we both know that Kelly’s a quiet kid who doesn’t talk to other kids much, and understand that this is a very tender age, so it might be best if you talked to her about it and counselled her first as her primary role model.”
“I-I don’t know what to say Mrs. Telson, I’m very surprised right now but thank you so much for letting me know, I will definitely ask her about this.”
Kelly had done something like this? My angel? She had never had a problem with me let alone anyone before so I was confused more than anything, but as her mother and protector, I knew I had to talk to her. So I did during dinner time the same day.
“Baby, who are Avalyn, Mandy and Victoria?”
She chuckled softly. “They’re my best friends! I met them when you took me to the park.”
I had last taken her to the park to the little neighbourhood park a few weeks before, but I didn’t remember any other kids playing in the park as we went there closer to the evening, and were the only ones there. It felt strange. I looked into her warm, chestnut eyes and could feel them radiating nothing but delicate innocence.
“So did they ask you to put those staples into Belle Merton’s pudding today?”
“Oh yeah…Ava told me to do that, Tori didn’t want me to but, Mandy said Belle was mean and ugly and I should just listen to Ava, and that it would be funny. I had to her.”
“But, baby, you’re smarter and nicer than that. You know you should’ve said no. Punishing someone is not a decision you can make yourself.”
“I did say no, but then Ava and Mandy got really mad.”