Yeah, I'd hoped I was done with this thread, but apparently not. I found out today that the school district has extended the teachers' workday, requiring them to be in meetings from 7:00 to 7:30 AM. This is about the same time that the kids are gathering to be let in to the school, meaning that there are no adults available to stand and supervise. This morning, I stopped a group of three to four kids who had another kid off the ground and struggling in the middle of the street. I put on my best 'drill sergeant' voice (and at that hour, pre-caffeine, I was about as gravely as R.Lee Ermey) and hollered 'Put him down!'
The response? 'That's a girl!'
Like that makes a difference?! (Okay, to me as a mother of a little girl, it made it worse.)
My reaction? 'It doesn't matter! Put her down!' (I should have tried for a Dwayne Johnson impersonation. At 5'6" and 100 lbs, that would have been high comedy.)
I've got a letter in to the principal about soliciting parent volunteers to help monitor the school grounds. I'm already going to be there, but I'm only one pair of eyes, and there are three faces to the building where the kids gather.