Today was a hard day for my youngest daughter and me. She went back to school after being out for three full days and promptly got another talking to by her teacher. It seems that her teacher decided she cheated on a test, not hard to understand how, but when she questioned Jessi about it she panicked and told the teacher she was the one who cheated. The minute the teacher confronted her with the accusation she began a full-blown panic attack. Yep full-blown panic attack.
Jessi managed to sit through the rest of the class but by the time she got to her next class she was visible sick. She was pale, having a hard time breathing and visibly upset. She was scared and her next teacher noticed she didn’t look good and sent her to the nurse’s office. The nurse knew she had been out of school 3 days this week and allowed Jessi to call me. I thought maybe she just needed to eat something so I took her some peanut butter crackers. She ate one but she was visible ill so I talked to her about what was wrong. I told her I thought she was having anxiety and I needed to know what was wrong but she insisted nothing was wrong. So I took her home. We talked a lot but she insisted she had no idea why she was so panicked and upset.
Then about 20 minutes after we were home she says to me, “mom I think I may know whats wrong.” I said, “OK honey, what is it?” She proceeds to tell me that her teacher accused her of cheating on a test and that she didn’t cheat, but she told the teacher it was her that cheated. Not sure why because she insists she didn’t cheat on the test. She admits to cheating on the homework but swears she didn’t cheat on the test.
So I called the teacher to discuss it, after Jessi told me that the teacher told her she didn’t believe she was sick and she is not dumb she knows why Jessi hasn’t been at school . That was not a good thing as that made me angry. This child has thrown up off and on for 3 days, who is this teacher to say she wasn’t sick without talking to me. So basically that’s what I told the teacher. Of course she swears she would never say that to her and began to cry. I thought are you kidding me! The teacher goes on and on refusing to let me talk and bawling and then tells me its her birthday and she was having a good day until now. Guilt trip anyone! ugh!
So I told her Jessi and I wanted to meet with her to clear the air because Jessi is really upset about facing her again. So I wanted to meet with her in the morning but she can’t do that, Jessi is going to have to find a way through her day. I hope she makes it!!
I ended up hanging up the phone completely upset and confused about what to believe. My daughter has lied before but this teacher has a reputation for not being very nice. Jessi and I talked a lot today and she is insistent she didn’t cheat on the test, she was copying homework but didn’t cheat on the test. Since Jessi has been accused and admitted to cheating on the test she has to meet with the vice principal and is really freaked out about meeting with him. The world of the unknown is very scary for someone with anxiety! I will have to let you all know what happens next.. Stay Tuned! :)