My 5-year-old son had been coming home for several days (eight at that point) in distress because one political candidate was "evil" and the other was "good". The views he was embracing did not match those of my family and the best word I am able to come up with is that he was in "distress". He couldn't figure out how to handle two such different belief systems. My son's distress has been showing as crying fits, dropping to the ground when discussions about candidates are discussed. He is truly in anguish at times. We have had several conversations with my son over accepting different beliefs and finding the good in everyone ... and believe we are on the right track with him.
I called the principal of my son's school to schedule an appointment because of "some issues that have come up since the election." Later, I learned that she went straight to the teacher and had the teacher contact us. My son specifically told us it was his teacher telling him who was "evil" and who was "good". I do realize that he is five (5) and this may be unreliable information, but it was the teacher we were worried about when calling the principal. My bigger concern is that we have a principal that went to the teacher, who may have been doing something inappropriate / wrong, and that now she knows who it was that turned her in (my son). By the way, I did have to call back in to actually get an appointment with the principal (she never contacted us).
I was a teacher for over a decade, my wife is a teacher, and my mother has been in education for over 40 years. This was all thoroughly discussed before approaching anyone. To this point, none of us have had to "pull out the education card." At no point has anyone at the school claimed to know any more than we do ... the conversations have been good and hopefully beneficial to my son.
What to do after the principal broke our confidence and told the teacher who turned her in?