March #SOL16 Day 25
We had a long meeting after school today. When it ended, a few of us sat around and chatted, blowing off steam from a long day and a long week.
Cathy, the principal in our group, was telling us about a situation involving a student and her car. The student was playing around and did a careless, thoughtless, silly thing. We laughed and we didn’t laugh. We acknowledged how important our cars are to us. We also acknowledged that they’re just cars, that there are much more important things in our lives than our cars.
As our colleague continued her story she described how she talked with the student who was responsible for this act. She let him know that she was aware of what happened. A few things about this conversation struck me. First, she told him, “If this is the worst thing you do as a kid then I’m going to be OK with that.” She said he sat in her office staring at her in shock, wondering what his “punishment” would be. That was the second thing that struck me.
That was it.
The only consequence was this particular conversation they were having and imparting the knowledge to this little guy that there is a person attached the piece of property that he messed with.
That was the outcome.
A beautiful act of grace was shown to a student who is growing and learning about the type of person he wants to become. This outcome was exactly what he needed at that exact moment.