Okay bees, I need some perspective.
I am a kindergarten teacher. I have a student this year who is being raised by her “guardian” and is in the midst of a horrible custody battle. I do not know the particulars. However, this child was in the news earlier this year because her biological mom tried to kidnap her away from her “guardian” at gunpoint. There have even been attempted kidnappings at school.
Anyway, the “guardian” is a very threatening woman. Just a few days ago I had a meeting with her and was so uncomfortable I had to have security present. She did not make any overt threats. She did say that she was going to ask to have the child removed from my class. (She thinks incorrectly that I am singling the girl out). I am not. The girl has major behavior problems, including biting other children.
So then today I get a note that says…
“Just know we are all covered in the blood of Jesus.”
I’m shaking. I feel like it is a very thinly veiled threat. What do you think?
@MrsWishyWashy: First off, creepy. Second, I would report it. I would tell the principal and then security. That’s not a normal note or something you just randomly say.
I don’t even know what that means… I would turn it in to whomever you report to, and see what they say. How scary for you!
While I think it’s inappropriate, and for the sake of the child she should be removed from your classroom (it sounds fairly toxic between the guardian and you, and the child may pick up on that or hear about it at home, thus poisoning her behavior further in your classroom), I don’t think it was meant as a threat. It sounds like she’s a religious woman trying to manipulate you into doing what she wants by invoking religion.
That being said, I may address it with my superiors.
I have no idea what that means but I would take it up as a straight up threat. Nothing thinly veiled about it. Report her immediately.
I would report it! That is not only scary, but extremely creepy!
It’s odd, because the quote means we are all forgiven by Jesus. Is it possible the guardian is just hyper vigilant because of all of the things going on with her child?
I feel like this might be easier to interpret if you could tell us other things about the woman.
A threat? No.
More of like, a “stern reminder”, yes.
I’d turn it in and be done with it, however. Do what you need to do for the child’s sake and well being, though. That should be your priority.
Thinly veiled? No. Notify the principal immediately. In light of recent events, take everything seriously, especially since it is making you feel this way. Make sure that this is documented and proper precaution is followed.
@MrsWishyWashy: As a fellow teacher, this would be on my principal’s desk immediately!
That expression, in Christianity, simply means that Jesus atoned for all of our sins and that we are forgiven.
It seems a little out of context here… I’m not sure why she’d send this to you. It seems extremely odd.
In any case, it seems that if her guardian really is this imposing, perhaps it would be better for everyone for the girl to be moved to a different class anyway.
@MrsWishyWashy: Report it! I am thinking that w. the recent school tragedy, any kind of threat will be taken very seriously.
Don’t fight her being removed from your class. If anything, I think you will be better completely out of the situation.
First of all, tell your principal about the note and copy him on all communications between the two of you from now on. Start a folder, and do not delete or toss any of what she says.
Secondly, I do not think it is a threat. It’s a religious saying that means that you are all are covered by Jesus’s sacrafice. It’s meant to be a like a “protection” for believers. It’s just an odd and inapporpriate phrase to use, but if she is using it biblically, she may mean that you sinned in her eyes, but that she feels that your sins are covered.
Really, I have no idea because I am not religious, but my grandma says this to me all of the time. Creepy when you’re not in the faith.
All communication you have with the guardian and/or anyone else associated with the child should be reported to the prinicpal no matter the content (good, bad, indifferent).
After what’s she’s been through it’s no wonder the child has behavioral problems.
I don’t understand what that means, since I am not religious. But it sounds creepy. Any advice I would say has already been given by PPs, but I wish you the best of luck in this difficult situation. It’s so sad when children are in the middle of adult problems, especially ones that are so scary and violent! (Referring to the gunpoint thing)