What a learning experienced today. I got my first opportunity to work with a student in the behavior support classroom that was in crisis mode. This student is typically a runner who leaves the building, has the staff follow them for about thirty minutes, and then returns to the building to freshen up. This student came to behavior support at the end of the school year last year, so we have only had the student for about five weeks.
Today the behavior support staff could tell that the student was going to run as they were showing signs of frustration. Typically the student will run shortly after, today was a bit different. The student decided to toss desks and at that moment the teacher cleared the room and locked down the room with the student in it. This was the first time the student had been forced to remain in the building. The student had the principal, counselor, and a paraprofessional in the room with them. I was outside the room observing and making sure the other students were where they needed to be safe.
Being overwhelmed the student began throwing chairs at the paraprofessional. As the paraprofessional moved to get away the student continued to follow throwing chairs and desks. I was able to open one door to distract the student to one side of the room, while the paraprofessional was able to get out through the other door across the room. The student then began throwing games, pencils, and various school paperwork. Upon seeing the teacher laptop the student grabbed and attempted to get out of the classroom for about ten minutes. Once the student could not get out of the classroom they sat down in on e of the corners of the room and opened up the laptop.
Upon opening up the laptop the student was able to delete files and search the internet as the laptop was not locked down by the teacher. Great learning opportunity here to remind myself and all staff to enable their autolock to ensure students do not have access to sensitive and/or confidence material. Throughout the principal sat with the student and talked them down. However, the student deleted all files on the teacher computer, replaced the background, and downloaded multiple inappropriate images.
At that time the student said they would go with the counselor to talk. We realized that no matter what we would have to let the student out and more than likely the student would run. To our surprise the student ran, but not out of the building. Instead the student found a yoga ball and begin bounce and kicking it around the building. The student then started throwing it at the paraprofessional. I was able to bounce the ball out of the students reach and threw back to the paraprofessional who locked it into an office. To my surprise the student found a barrel by the gym teachers door that had ten inch foam balls. Thats when I got smacked with multiple balls. As I watch the student walk away the counselor came to assist in locking down other rooms in the vicinity. The student came running back and threw another ball at my chest. Almost immediately the counselor said, “you’re out!” At that moment I realized what a great group of people I work with as we take these inactions with students for what they are, nothing, but not knowing how to get someones attention. The comment made me laugh, as the counselor was right I was out and switched for someone else to monitor the student.
More than anything I am learning to be even more patience than what I have been when working with students. Most likely any other building would have handle this student differently. Talking down a student to get them regulated, then relate, allows us to reason with each. Again, I work with an amazing group of individuals and love what has been established here in the building.