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Student flicked me off today, and said I treat them like "slaves." All because I asked them to try their best on their test. How do you cope or relieve stress? Also, what do you say to that student?

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I’d make sure to follow the disciplinary procedures at your school and contact the parent about it. I had to write up a kid for disrupting class and calling me racist because I moved his seat a couple of weeks ago. He served ISS and then we chatted afterwards. I hope it’ll solve the problem until the end of the semester. Fingers crossed.

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Thanks so much!

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Do not take mean things children say personally. Follow through with consequences for the behavior itself, but tbh I probably would have laughed at her. Children are always surprised when you don’t give them the reaction they wanted.

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I would make sure that student understands the ramifications of accusing someone of slavery. Slavery is not an issue to be joked about or tossed around flippantly it is a real thing that happened to people and it should be taken seriously.

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Thanks for the reply. We’re talking about it in social studies and we even read the story Iqbal, and I’m trying to get through to him.

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I would wait until I was more calm (I have a super sharp tongue) and talk to the student later. It's pretty rare that when I approach a student with an attitude of "I'm sorry that I have hurt your feelings/mistreated you, it was not on purpose and I would like to fix it" that they weren't receptive, and usually they will apologize and tell me what was really going on. The flicking off is probably a phone call or referral though.

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