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Old 11-25-2019, 08:29 PM
 
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Today, I had a moment where I didn't know whether to laugh or cry.

A student cut the wires off of his headphones. His logic? He wanted AirPods.


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Old 11-25-2019, 09:19 PM
 
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Ok. Now that is pretty funny!
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Old 11-26-2019, 03:38 AM
 
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Oh. my. goodness. How old is this kid?
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Old 11-26-2019, 05:20 AM
 
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Pretty funny as long as they were his own, I think.
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They were technically his own. I always get my students a set either at Christmas or the beginning of the year since we’re 1-1. If anything happens to that set, well you’re on your own. You’ll need to use your allowance or have Mom and Dad get you a new set, or ”buy” some from the class store with your classroom money because you are not participating in anything with sound on your device without headphones.

He kind of goes into my post about gratitude. He’s been upset all year that they weren't AirPods. Now he has the greatest and newest sensation...NoPods.

I did feel a little bad because he was so upset they didn't work, but he’s been such a little toot about it that I’m not giving him a new set. I’m letting this lesson sink it. You were ungrateful and complaining about what you DID have, and ended up with nothing.


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Old 11-26-2019, 07:07 AM
 
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Iím letting this lesson sink it. You were ungrateful and complaining about what you DID have, and ended up with nothing.
Absolutely an important lesson to learn! (...and one that will serve him longer than many of the facts he'll learn in school.)
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Old 11-26-2019, 07:59 AM
 
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Little stinker gets what he deserves...a natural consequence for his behavior. You know, like in real life.
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Old 11-26-2019, 08:55 AM
 
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now he has the greatest and newest sensation...nopods
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Old 11-26-2019, 10:16 AM
 
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Made me laugh!
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Old 11-26-2019, 11:09 AM
 
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One of my boys - teenage boys, mind you! - did that last year just to look "cool".


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Old 11-27-2019, 03:19 PM
 
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Lollollollollollol
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It became not so funny when he did it to three other kids the following day. There was fire and brimstone and he lost all his classroom money buying the other kids new earphones from the class store. He was charged both a malicious intent and a wanton destruction tax on his purchases that insured he had $0 left.
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Old 11-28-2019, 07:57 AM
 
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Woah, I hope you sent the parents a letter letting them know what junior did. Its one thing to destroy your own stuff. That is a lesson learned. That is part of life with kids. Destroying other people property is another thing completely.

Doing it to 3 other kids... yea I fire and brimstone would rain down...and I would demand mom and dad pay for the destroyed property. I dont care if they were a buck each from the dollar store they would need to buy them (Now I say that knowing that my states ed code allows for requiring parents to pay for property destruction-if yours doesnt you may be out of luck).

All that because he was entitled and felt like his teacher-who doesnt have to buy him anything at all- should buy him the latest and greatest...and that once his were ruined everyone else should go without since he has to go without.
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I donít think contacting the parents would help. I did for documentations sake, but if their pattern holds mom is going to blow it off or defend him and dad is going to blow it off and give another speech on how hopeless the kid is so thereís no point in even trying.

Thatís why I made him use his own in class money to buy the other kids new ones. I feel like heíll learn more from it. Due to their general poor attitude, Iíve adopted a nothing in life is free approach. ANYTHING they want costs them money, so heíll be feeling this punishment for a while.

Heís lost all his money and is $600 in the hole. Thatís the cost of four sets of AirPods. I told him Iíd actually gone easy on him. I didnít add sales tax to that amount, and I went with the basic model not the new pro model. I explained that money doesnít grow on trees, and that if he wants AirPods so bad, then he needs to see what it takes to get them, and since he brought his classmates into it, then he needs to see what it would take to get them for them as well. He had a fit, but I donít care. He needs to learn that actions have consequences and how to be a productive, cooperative member of society.

Every one keeps telling me Iím to harsh on this kid, but heís walking a fine line toward a sticky end sooner rather than later. I canít do anything about the other 17 years of his childhood, but at least this one year I can do everything in my power to correct his course and give him a fighting chance.
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