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Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Lost for words: an encounter with Tourette's Boy.
I am no longer a Yr 10 Form Tutor. Mrs. Ali has returned but I agree to stay with her for a few days so that she can settle back in with them.
("But Sir, we'd rather have you.")
Look everyone, it's Mrs. Ali!
"It's great to be back. I HAVE missed you all."
We attempt the form quiz. I don't have the courage to tell her how we've been cheating blatantly since she went on maternity leave. Strangely she found google within two minutes of no one knowing who wrote Gulliver's Travels. Funny that.
Look, just copy from Chloe will you.
"I'm not copying from her. She writes like she's got Downs Syndrome."
Talking of syndromes, I've not seen much of Ummar recently. He seems to spend a lot of time in isolation for various offences. This is the boy with Tourette's Syndrome and I really hope he isn't getting into bother for things outside his control. The last time he was in my class he was wound up by some silly and totally uncompassionate behaviour from others in the class. I've tried appealing to their better natures but that, of course, is a waste of time because, being teenagers, they don't have better natures.
Geography Pete tells me that it's a nightmare in form time if Ummar is agitated.
"I'm standing at the front trying to give out notices and Ummar's interjecting in full tourette's mode, the other kids are trying to hold it together - and failing spectacularly - and I'm thinking "What the Fuck ...?"
So it's contageous then?
How long does this have to go on before the kids just accept it as part of Ummar and stop reacting? When you can ice-skate in Hell, I guess!
In class I try to shield him from the worst.
Don't wind him up. Leave him alone.
"But he's winding us up."
Yes but he can't help it. Just ignore it and get on with your work. I am not prepared to discuss Ummar's medical condition with others in the class in front of him but someone needs to have that conversation with the rest of his class. Mental note: as Yr 9. are taught in form groups for R.S. perhaps his Form Tutor or Head of Year needs to bite the bullet on this one.
At the end of the school day I came upon Ummar standing outside Mrs. George's room. To be more precise I became aware of Ummar from some distance down the corridor.
"FUCK! ..... Sir, have you ...FUCK ...seen Mrs. George?"
No Ummar ....
......Is it important?
What with me being perceptive and all, I sense that Ummar is somewhat agitated.
"FUCK! I'm on detention Sir and she told me to .. FUCK! ... meet her here."
I think I may be in touch with my inner child because I have a strong desire to giggle. Nevertheless I remain inscrutable.
......she's probably on bus duty and'll be along in a minute. I think ...
............... she'll be disappointed if you've not waited so I think you should hang on. O.K?
I meander away feeling I've handled the situation pretty well.
Don't look back.