My wife Kathy and I are the proud parents of two
wonderful teenage boys, named Mike and Jacob. Our small
family had just moved to Hammer Island two weeks ago. Mike
was enrolled in to the Hammer high school, his grades that
he had made at his old school where transfer over to Hammer
Island high school, so he did not have to start from
scratch. Jacob was enroled in to Hammer Island St.
Christies middle school, to finish up grade eight he was
one grade away from graduating to Hammer Island high
The reason why we had to move was because my job had
moved to Hammer Island, although my son’s never liked the
idea of moving to a Island my wife told our boys that this
was the only choice for the time being until thing’s got
settled back in Clear Creek. My company had just gone
through a ownership change at the top. Our new owners
thought it would be best to move our office’s to Hammer
Island so that way no one had to travel the 3 hours from
Clear Creek to Hammer Island.
That morning as we were all sitting in the kitchen,
eating our breakfast’s my wife asked our boys how thing’s
went the day before at their new schools. Our youngest son
Jacob told us that he hated his new school, because the kids
there were picking on him, for no reason.”
As for Mike, things at his new school seemed to be
going vary smoothly, as he had already made three new
friends. Mike was quick to make friends where ever he went.
“, I could get use to living here, it pretty cool, said
Mike.” “, there is nothing cool about this hell whole, wish
we never had moved here in the first place, replied Jacob.
My wife and I looked at each other with a complex
looked on our face’s trying to figure out why our younger
son was so eager to get us to move back to clear Creek. Back
in Clear Creek Jacob had been bullied pretty hard, by other
kids and this move was in the best interest for him, not so
much for my Job. I told my wife that I would go in to have a
talk with Jacobs teacher and principal about him being
picked on. “, come on boys lets hurry it up, it’s time to
get going get your lunches and your back packs.
“, do I have to go to school today, asked Jacob.” “,
buddy what is hiding going to do for you, if you just keep
hiding from your trouble’s, asked Mike.” “, I wouldn’t have
to put up with those jerks anymore, that’s for sure, replied
Jacob. “, honey your brother is right, you need to start
standing up for your self and not let other kids, push you
around like this, replied Kathy.”
“, I can’t believe you guys, I have to go to school
every single day and get picked on and have to put up with
being called, fag, queer, or you’re a geek. I hate this city
or town and I hate my new school and I’m not going to school
today, so if you drop me off I will just skip, said Jacob.”
“, hey looked at me Jacob right now, you are going to
school weather you like or not. I will be talking with your
teacher and principal later today, and if you are not in
class when I’m there you will be living out on the street’s
and I’m not close to kidding with you, I told my son.” After
I had just read the riot act up one side and down the other,
my wife reminded me that our son was only 13 year old but I
told her that, this time his skipping class would have harsh
punishment to it if he did skip school this morning.
I walked out of the house, and started warming up the
school, when Jacob opened the car door. “, dad I’m begging
you please, don’t make me go to school today, I can’t spend
another day with being picked on. “, enough already, I told
you, you were going to school today, and that I will be
having a talk with your teacher after my meeting this
morning. You had better be there when I arrive, and thats
finale, I said.”
First to be drop off was Mike “, ok buddy have a good
day at school, hey what time are you coming home tonight, I
asked.” “, umm I’m not really sure dad, but I’ll call you
and mom if I’m not going to be home for dinner.
As I pulled away from Hammer high school, Jacob stayed
quit for the whole ride, not one word came out of his mouth.
I pulled up in front of the school, Jacob got out of the car
and never said goodbye or I love you to me, which is fine.
As I was pulling up to my office, someone came out to my
car to tell me that my son Jacob had just been in a fight
with another student. My face turned a bright shade of red,
I was so angry that my son would use fighting to solve a
problem. A few minutes later I pulled up in front of the
school. I walked in to the office and told the girl’s that I
was Jacobs father.
I walked out of the office and waited in the hall way,
when the vice principal walked out his office “, Mr. Parker
sorry I had to bring you in like this, but as you know your
son Jacob was in a fight that has sent another student to
hospital. Basically Jacob is going to be suspended from
school for 2 weeks plus a one month in house detention, said
the vice principal.” “, that’s all and fine with me, but my
son has been telling my wife and I that he’s being picked on
and called names in the class room.
“, I can tell you Mr. Parker, that no report from the
teacher, and Jacob has not told us here at the office that
he’s been having trouble with other students, replied the
vice principal.” I walked in to the vice Principal’s
office where Jacob was sitting in a chair with his head in
between his legs. I looked at him with a vary disappointed
look. “, what in the hell are you thinking, when does
fighting ever solve anything Jacob, I asked.” “, it’s
doesn’t solve anything dad, but the kid pushed me to far and
I knocked his ass out, said Jacob.
“, I can’t believe that you would do something like
this, Jacob. You’re ass is so lucky that the other kids
parents did not press charges agenist you for what you did.
You can bet your 13 year old ass that you will be
apologizing for what you did, face to face and to this boys
parents as well. Now get your ass in the car right now, I
“, Mr. Parker hold on one second please, I have one more
question for Jacob, asked the vice Principal. “, Jacob who
are the boys who are calling you names and picking on you,
asked the vice principal. “, I don’t know their names, but I
know the one kid who just got his ass kicked by me, was one
of them and there are two more, but I don’t know their
names, said Jacob.
“, thank you for that information, but I will tell you
this Mr. Parker that the school and the board will be taking
a hard a look in to this and those responsible will face the
consequence of their actions, said the vice principal.”
That night my son and I had it out with one another over
his actions from earlier that day. Jacob had his reason for
doing what he did, how ever my wife and I like to believe
that our kids were brought up not to fight, and to try and
talk about the problem like grown ups.