My 6-year-old is off to a rough start in Kindergarten. Right when school began she got detention for kicking another kid on the playground. When we asked her why she did it, she said the other kid was making fun of her friend. Asking for more detail she was simply repeating a word that rhymed with her friends name; hardly hard-core bullying. She got detention again in early March for repeatedly stomping on another kid on the playground. She denied it at first, but when we pushed her she admitted that she had done it, but didn't know why.
At Spring Parent-Teacher conferences, her teacher told us that she had threatened to "chainsaw" a boy in her class. I just got another call today that she's getting detention for telling a kid on the playground that she wished he was dead. She's usually such a sweet girl, but she does get in trouble a lot at home for not listening or doing as she's told. She's an only child so there isn't a lot of opportunity for saying those kinds of mean things or hurting others.
I'm frustrated and really concerned. I don't know what to do. Does she need counseling? Is this normal and we just need to keep reminding her that this is not appropriate behavior?