These kinds of callas aren’t as uncommon as you may think. Over the past few years I’ve had students that run away from home, but still come to school so despite their parents being in a panic, all of us knew where the child was, where they’ve been staying, etc. Why? Because kids a horrible at secrets. That’s a good thing because usually when the parents show up or call the school in a panic we can say “no, they’re right here and they’ve been staying with so and so. Here is your child.” Another example of how sometimes teachers are closer to the kids than their own adults.
Yesterday was different. Parent panic mixed with students having no information put me in panic mode. This student never goes off the grid like this and also has a child so there’s a bunch of variables that make this situation uniquely troubling. Between the parent, students, employer, and teachers, nobody had anything.
The good news is that the student just showed up to school and was walking around like nothing happened. It’s the lack of information that makes me feel like something terrible may have happened. These are the times when all of the adults need to come together around this kid and and at least provide the opportunity to talk through what was potentially a very troubling and difficult situation. I have reached out and have encouraged others to do the same.
Teenage years are lonely. No need to make it more so by pretending everything is fine when it isn’t.
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