Here he is, the same co-worker from the SS thread (eating breakfast during a parent teacher conference, to refresh memories). Aside from the story I'll relate below, he has recently brought a pair of javelins in to work (carrying them over his shoulder on the way into the building) with the intention of "practicing" with them on the field after school. Admin luckily caught wind of this (probably because he was talking to the kids about them since they were propped against his wall) and told him this would not be possible. Sheesh.
I have a student this year we'll call Tim. Tim has very mild autism, he is very brilliant (not just memorizing, but analyzing and arguing) but has serious self-esteem issues. Even a mild comment of, "Please stop doing that" can get him down for the rest of the class period. We're trying hard to get him to separate a correction from thinking he's just a terrible person or a bad kid.
Yesterday, Tim arrived in my room in a total tizzy. This isn't unusual but when he's in a state like this it can be hard to get him settled into what the class is doing. He explained to me that in his previous class (with SS teacher), he had a few coupons for Krispy Kreme. He was waving these around in people's faces, being a little obnoxious (not unusual for Tim) so the SS teacher took them away (fine). Instead of setting them aside and moving on, SS teacher proceeded to tear the coupons up, throw them in the trash, and tell Tim, "Your arteries are jumping for joy."
Tim told me that he is a "fat freak" who "can't eat any more donuts." Tim is overweight, maybe 25 pounds or so, but I told Tim that is arteries are strictly between him and his parents and if SS teacher comments on them again, he should reply, "thank you for your concern." I cannot BELIEVE SS teacher made this remark to any student, let alone one who we are really watching in terms of self-image. It's fine for him to put down the coupons, take them away, call home, whatever, but an ELA teacher in no way has any business commenting on someone's ARTERIES with no invitation.
Yes, I reported the incident to the counselor because I know the parents are going to wind up calling the school, and I don't blame them!!!!