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Registered: 03-26-2003
Sat, 08-28-2004 - 8:55am
Have you ever had intuition about a kid? And low and behold you were sort of right?

I've had this kid now six days. And he didn't say much, but I could tell by his body language and facial expressions that he seemed really really angry at the world. He wasn't rude to me and was cooperative for the most part, but he was very resistent to smiling - at all. He also didn't like to work with others - at all. That's it..that's all I had to go on, but I had a strong feeling that something wasn't right. I referred him to the counselor who discovered he had a notebook filled with gorey detailed stories of murder and death and before he had been confronted about these images he had. They were so vivid in the past and concerned people that a deputy had to go out to his house and speak with his parents. That all just started with a feeling I had. He convinced the counselor that he liked scary movies and writing about them in a script form; however, it put a little flag up in the back of my mind as a kid I should be aware of. I guess with Columbine, I'm more sensitive to looking out for those things. I don't know if it's crazy, but I've followed my feelings before and I'm usually right - pretty scary? I don't feel scared of the kid at all...even though he's much bigger than me. In fact, I say hello to him whenever I get the chance and I feel like I'm making some small strides with him because he acknowledges me and waves. My goal is for him to say hi to me first. I know that seems a little silly - huh? I hope the counselor is right and he just has a vivid imagination.

Anyway, my point is...if you ever have a feeling no matter how bizzare or silly it is...I think we all have intution and it's worth following up.


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Registered: 03-24-2003
In reply to: foxinsox1
Sun, 08-29-2004 - 1:07pm

I think we all have some intuition if we are attentive to it. Teachers strengthen theirs with experience and their natural concern for kids.