A Snitching Situation

During the review for the final, one of our students ( X ) was completely off task.

After the second time I tried to refocus him, his older brother ( Y ) happened to walk by our classroom, see his brother off task, and decided to enter our room and firmly reprimand his brother. Y then came to me, told me I could take away X’s laptop if needed, and asked me if he could use my phone to call their mother. I said, “Sure!” and so Y called his mother, said “Hi Mama” and then handed the phone to me.

She and I had a nice discussion and then she wanted to talk with X. X refused to take the conversation to the hallway, so we all heard her discipline her son through my phone.

X then refused to acknowledge me for a few minutes because (he said) I “contributed to a snitching situation.”