Every time this one kid uses the bathroom…..

He has to ask me before going in, if there is going to be a fire drill while he’s in there……  And every time, I have to look out the window for fire trucks (generally a good indicator of a pending drill) and assure him that, “No, we aren’t having a fire drill while you are in the bathroom.”  But you can tell by the look on his face, he’s not sure whether to believe me or not.  I have to assure him that in the extremely unlikely chance that one would actually occur while he was in there, that I would not go off and leave him in there to burn down with the school.  That it is in fact my responsibility to NOT leave students behind while exiting the building.  I want to tell him that if I was going to consider leaving someone behind that he isn’t on the short list…….  but that probably wouldn’t be too helpful.

But where did he connect the two?  Being in the bathroom and having a fire drill.  I mean we don’t talk about fire drills much.  We do occasionally go over the procedures if it’s been awhile since the last drill, but we don’t dwell on the gory details of what might happen.  Our discussions are ALWAYS framed around the context of a practice, NOT an actual fire.  You can tell that it is something he is really concerned about though.

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5 thoughts on “Every time this one kid uses the bathroom…..

  1. Aw, that’s kinda sad. Do you think he heard a story of someone being trapped in a burning house, maybe on the news? Or, God forbid, someone who he or his family knows? Things that make you go hmmmmmm……

    • Don’t think so, he is just a weird little kid (cute but weird). Momma had to come and help him (from home) use the bathroom the first two times he used it sitting down. He probably just has bathroom issues, and our toilets sound like jets taking off when flushed, so that doesn’t help.

  2. I think it’s a reasonable fear for a little guy. It’s kinda cute. Can you imagine being in the middle of doing your business and hearing that alarm go off, knowing that the entire class will clamor out the door in less than thirty seconds so you better get wiping and fumbling with a zipper and button that your limited fine motor skills will take FOREVER to fasten? Poor baby! 🙂

    • Yeah, it cracks me up that he even thought about it on his way in the door. I mean usually we forget about fire drills altogether, then wham! They get you. So there must be something going on in that little head of his.

  3. Maybe you can assign him a “bathroom buddy” for a little while, who can stand outside the door “just in case there’s a fire drill.” Maybe this will ease some of his fears, plus kids LOVE to have jobs, so whoever the bathroom buddy is will probably love it. Just a thought… 🙂

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