Of course I was curious to know what went on in SK's school yesterday. There were about 30 students from various levels. Apart from writing a passage (reflection) on why they were sent there, they were made to clean up the technical workshop which I imagine is covered with dust and grease. I spent alot of time scrubbing his grimy uniform last night!
I didn't want to come across sounding like a nag, but I was interested in what he wrote. I'm glad all the vital points were in there, like how he couldn't convince the teacher that he spent 3 weeks working on the artwork, and that he had to resort to saying that I helped him, etc.
Anyway, I am satisfied that he was given a chance to tell his side of the story. At least he's better at expressing himself in writing than in speaking. Maybe he'll finally get his message across.
While driving him to school, I reiterated the importance of vindicating himself. It may be a small matter this time but it is an important life lesson. I told him that in the real world, there are many people wrongly imprisoned for crimes they did not commit. Imagine if he had accidentally walked into a crime scene or is being framed or implicated and had crumbled under intense interrogation by the police, he could face life behind bars or worse yet, the execution squad. (Gotta make it sound really scary!)
That's of course the worst case scenario but I've heard of how people languish in prison all their lives for the wrong reasons. We've read too many stories in the papers to know it is very real.
Today, I have decided I will bring the matter to a close. It doesn't matter anymore as long as I know my son has learned to stand up for himself. I can't always be there for him.