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to think farting in class doesn't warrant detention?

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CuriousMama Fri 19-Oct-12 20:03:36

DS2 is year 7 and today one of his friend's got detention for letting rip in class. This dc is a really good kid, polite and popular. DS2 says he's never disruptive it just came out, he didn't do it for attention.

I think it's so sad. What if the boy has a stomach bug coming on? Or IBS? There could be any manner of reasons why this happened. Surely telling him to go to the bathroom or even a bit of shouting to calm the class would've been enough? I imagine there would be lots of sniggering?

The teacher's well known for being ultra strict.

Tbh I can't even write his scrawl that he puts in ds2's book? I'd mention it to him if I didn't think it'd backfire on ds2. DS2 has (possible) Aspergers, he's under diagnosis, so I don't want to rock the boat. He's very sensitive and could end up in tears if he's told off.

So AIBU or do you think the teacher is right?

CuriousMama Fri 19-Oct-12 20:04:59

Oh I'm one to criticise aren't I? I meant can't read his scrawl grin

AKissIsNotAContract Fri 19-Oct-12 20:05:02

The teacher IBU. MN has a lot of farty threads tonight.

CuriousMama Fri 19-Oct-12 20:06:16

Does it? I didn't notice, have just been looking at TIO tbh. Must be something in the air? wink

kim147 Fri 19-Oct-12 20:11:47

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CuriousMama Fri 19-Oct-12 20:12:49

Are you the teacher or was it college? I just hope this teacher has the trots all weekend.

Arisbottle Fri 19-Oct-12 20:13:25

There are children who deliberately fart to cause disruption, I have set a detention for doing so. Of course no MNer child would ever do such a thing.

Littlemisspoorly Fri 19-Oct-12 20:15:47

Without wanting to rock the boat here I would think you'd have had to be there to make a judgement. <runs for exit>

whathasthecatdonenow Fri 19-Oct-12 20:16:23

I find that telling those who deliberately fart that I'll have to contact home as I am concerned about their digestive health usually results in improvement in the smell of the classroom.

I also once had an interesting parental consultation with a mortified parent about the farting competitions her son was engaging in.

ilovesooty Fri 19-Oct-12 20:16:41

There are children who deliberately fart to cause disruption

Absolutely; I taught one who disrupted every lesson on purpose.

Not saying this boy was guilty of doing the same thing, of course.

kim147 Fri 19-Oct-12 20:17:25

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CuriousMama Fri 19-Oct-12 20:17:27

You don't teach Maths do you? wink

Adversecamber Fri 19-Oct-12 20:19:33

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CuriousMama Fri 19-Oct-12 20:20:40

kim147 good for you for admitting it smile

Mathsdidi Fri 19-Oct-12 20:21:01

I have once set detention for farting in class, but it was obviously being done purely to cause disruption. I wouldn't set a detention for one accidental fart because I would be in detention a lot

CuriousMama Fri 19-Oct-12 20:21:03

Adversecamber I wouldn't dare, it'd be solid! wink

whathasthecatdonenow Fri 19-Oct-12 20:21:33

IMO farting on purpose seems to be a skill that only the male of the species has.

Arisbottle Fri 19-Oct-12 20:22:10

I have also phoned a parent about their son farting with intent. She confirmed that he often did it at home as well.

ilovesooty Fri 19-Oct-12 20:22:24

My persistent disrupter was a girl.

puds11 Fri 19-Oct-12 20:22:48

Poor boy, i get really bad stomach cramp if i try to hold them in. I always wish i just had the courage to let rip and be like 'yeah...and...'

Astr0naut Fri 19-Oct-12 20:24:00

I read a thread like this a while back on Mumsnet. CAn't remember the exact thread, but I do remember this comment:

Farting with intent.

Cracks me up ('scuse the pun) every time I think about it. And yes, farting in class can cause mayhem.

CuriousMama Fri 19-Oct-12 20:25:01

Arisbottle if he does it a lot at home he probably has IBS or something. How old was he?

Arisbottle Fri 19-Oct-12 20:27:48

He was actually not only a pupil but also a son of a friend . He was known for farting when being asked to help around the house, explain himself, start his class work. I am sure Mum would have said if it was a medical issue.

whathasthecatdonenow Fri 19-Oct-12 20:27:48

Ooh, sooty, maybe the next disruptive farter will be a girl then. Two years ago I had a Year 11 class with the four most disruptive boys in separate corners of the room. They had a competition going: one would fart and the first of the others to smell it would raise his hand, then it would be his turn to fart. Could have knocked me down with a feather when one of them got an A*.

AKissIsNotAContract Fri 19-Oct-12 20:28:18

I'm heartend that kids still fart in class. It's reassuring to know that life hasn't changed that much since I was a kid.

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