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"Special school won't accept you?"!! said woman in shop am so proud of son's answer

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singingmum Wed 25-Feb-09 20:25:03

As she was quite cocky and rude apparently.
My son went to shop to buy coffee standing in the q a woman tapped him on the shoulder and said
"Shouldn't you be on your way to school?"
My son replied that he was HE.Woman looked all knowing and said in rather sarcastic tone
"Oh, special school won't accept you will they?"
To which my rather smart alec but polite son replied
"I've never asked them to and actually am working towards attending Cambridge"
Cue one very proud son when home for 2 reasons
1)She just stood in shock and
2)He managed to keep the words "You cheeky cow" in his head
Had to laugh,thought maybe people were finally realising that HE was a real choice not just when the 'special school' won't accept you.
Any other He'rs had this in recent years?

Haribosmummy Wed 25-Feb-09 20:27:28


I hated school, even though I did really well academically and have 3 degrees and have every intention of offering HE to DS if he feels it's something he'd like to do.

I adored uni though. that was great! grin

Well done, your DS and good luck with Cambridge.

IwishIwasmoreorganised Wed 25-Feb-09 20:27:34

Brilliant! No wonder you're so proud. How old is your ds?

MrsMattie Wed 25-Feb-09 20:27:35

What a stupid, ignorant woman! Well done to your son for standing up to her. I don't HE my kids, but I can completely understand why people do. Different kids/families have different needs. It's pathetic that some people cannot understand this!

HumphreyCobbler Wed 25-Feb-09 20:30:32

What a rude cow. How horrible to speak to a child like that. Well done to your son.

I am that rare beast - a teacher who thinks HE is a great idea.

singingmum Wed 25-Feb-09 20:38:36

He's 14 and has had a hard time with some kids who had been told that HE meant that he'd never get anywhere.He recently changed their minds when he looked up what he'd need to go to uni on a friends laptop.Shocked the h811 out of us when he said where but heyho.
He really handled this well only a short while ago he would have been really upset by this kind of comment hence proud mum and dad

singingmum Wed 25-Feb-09 20:40:32

btw hcobbler are you by any chance hcushion as my son used to email your 2 if so?

StealthPolarBear Wed 25-Feb-09 20:44:05

What a strange attitude to have - is that quite a common belief then?

LadyPinkofPinkerton Wed 25-Feb-09 20:45:04

Well done your son, and I can't believe a grown woman could be so rude to a child, absolutely disgusting

singingmum Wed 25-Feb-09 20:46:05

Has been in the past StealthPB but had thought most people had got over that one

milou2 Wed 25-Feb-09 20:49:04

My mother in law is pushing for my HE ds2 to go to a special school and it looks like the pressure will be on for ds1 to be sent to one too soon enough.

I am soooo thankful for your son's wise words. He is literally giving me hope. Thanks for sharing.

HumphreyCobbler Wed 25-Feb-09 21:15:01

No, I used to be constancereader. I don't HE as ds is only two. I can feel it coming on though, I have heard that the local school is very keen on homework for those in Reception shock sad

singingmum Wed 25-Feb-09 21:37:11

Sorry HCobler.Am so shock at the young age of dc's getting homework these days tis unneccesary and must be so tiring for them

Scrumplet Wed 25-Feb-09 22:58:58

What a fantastic retort!

Humphrey and singing, DS (4) gets three readings books twice a week (so six in total), and has done since September - his class began learning phonics in the first week. I think this is too much too soon. Needless to say, despite being quite a good early stages reader, DS is now losing interest.

HE at heart here, if not in practice at the moment.

HMC Wed 25-Feb-09 23:02:54

Well done that boy - and shock at the hideousness of that woman

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