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Wow, this thread really strikes a chord with me! I teach in an
upper middle class district where there are a lot of professionals,
including a lot of lawyers. I got really tired of middle school
students saying to me "I'll sue!" at the drop of a hat as both a joke
and a form of intimidation. (Of course they are modeling behaviors
from home and television)
I decided that it is such a serious issue, that it should be taken
VERY SERIOUSLY by both me and the student!! I decided not to
take this form of abuse and intimidation any longer. If a child says,
"I'll sue" to me, I stop everything, look them in the eye and say
"This is a very serious thing to say to me. I will have my lawyer
contact your parents!" "Give me their phone number." Once the
child squirms and backs down, I then say "Don't ever say that to
me again, unless you really mean it! It is disrespectful and a form
of intimidation, and I won't stand for it!" It's interesting, that now
that I have decided on this course of action, I haven't had students
pulling this abuse on me lately!
Now, of course, if the situation really was one that was liable, I
would take another tact.
Just my 2 cents worth!
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