- 2 weeks ago
I got tackled in class by three boys today (in a front-row rugby scrum style) and there was a girl who was involved too.
I did report it to my HOD and the relevant grade head. According to the rules, parents are supposed to be called in, disciplinary hearing is needed, with possible suspension.
Now I understand actions have consequences, even when the action was meant as a joke. My problem is this：the three boys sent a written apology for the incident, while the girl showed no remorse at all. It just does not seem fair to punish all four of them in the same way. I am struggling to balance being fair/just and have a little compassion at the same time. I also don’t know what I’m supposed to say to the parents when I phone them on Monday (ideally I should have phoned today, but I was a bit dazed from all the school drama)
The camera footage is there, but only half the doorway is visible, so it might not be very helpful. The discipline guy is not helpful at all (during another incident with a different grade, I sent the learners who got into a scuffle to him, only for them to be sent back with a message through the same learners that the teacher needs to sort it out because he has better things to do with his time. I reported that directly to the principal because I found that message to be inappropriate to be sent via a learner- he could have at least phoned and said it to me directly)
So Bees, I guess I need to sort this out on Monday. Any suggestions on what I can do to stay fair yet compassionate at the same time?