There's a kid striving for negative attention in my son's class. He's told me about this kid 3 different times now. He's been caught pulling a little girl's hair. Lying to the teacher. He told the teacher my son pinched his arm (Max swears he didn't do it and it sounds like he talked to the teacher and with this kid's prior acts she believed my son), and he asked my son if he wanted to make a KNIFE. I don't know what in the world they were doing during this time, but Max said Mrs. W heard and asked him to repeat himself and he changed the word from knife to something else but Max looked at me and said, "He changed the word mom. He said something different!" Max has open house on Wednesday so I'll be talking with his teacher just to be sure my son's stories are accurate and that he hasn't picked up a new habit, but also to talk with her about the classroom behavior and make sure my son is behaving well. Anyway, I told Max that he didn't need to be friends with him because if he's trying to get Max into trouble (for example telling Mrs. W that Max pinched his arm) then he's not a good friend.
These kids are in KINDERGARTEN. I didn't think I would need to worry about this kind of thing yet! After talking with Max tonight about a few of the incidents he told me about, we had a little discussion on lying and the importance of telling the truth and being respectful. So sad. The good news is that he doesn't sit directly next to this kid I don't think. At least he wasn't next to him when I was in his classroom and K Orientation. And I think he's told me that he doesn't sit next to him. We'll see.