I just sent off an email to DD7's teacher. There has been an on going issue with one of DD7's classmates.
This is what I sent:
Hello 2nd Grade Teacher,
With the end of the school year coming up quickly I know things are busy. I wanted to send you a follow up message to the below emails as I was wondering if you had a chance to talk to DD7 and Classmate about what has been going on. DD7 told me last night that something happened at 2nd recess where Classmate drew an oval in the dirt and told DD7 that she had to stand in it the entire recess. DD7 said that she wasn't going to do it and Classmate then said to her that she was going to make her stand in it. I don't remember what DD7 said happened leading up to when Classmate drew the oval.
DD7 has said more frequently that she wants to leave XYZ School because of this and last night she said she wanted to switch classrooms. Obviously this is not an option, and I'm upset to hear this is what DD7 wants to do. I am at a loss regarding all of this because when Classmate first came to the school they seemed to click right away and seemed to be good friends.
I'm wondering if a meeting with you, the principal, myself, and DD7 would be beneficial. I don't know what to say to DD7 anymore about this. I also understand there are many sides to the stories and I'm only hearing part of it.
Thank you for your time and assistance.
I've gone to the school before regarding an issue with classmate and I was informed at that time that classmate is in a foster home. I have no idea what this girl has gone through to be pulled from her home and placed in foster care. I'm hoping, really HOPING, that the foster mother is trying to work with her. The drawing an oval and trying to make DD7 stand in it sounds an awful lot like a punishment that maybe she had to endure so it seems normal to her. I don't know. I'm just worried about my DD7.
*ETA* When classmate first came to the school she latched onto DD7, literally. She would cling to her arm and follow DD7 wherever she went. Now this is a total flip.
[This message edited by simplydevastated at 11:18 AM, June 17th (Tuesday)]