So, I've been torn between stories to post ever since I saw Spawn Wranglers post about the demon child.
I have one from Awful Waffle, but I think my experience at my old Karate school would be a little better.
As a little background, for almost 2 years I helped teach 2 classes: Ages 3-4 and Ages 4-About 12. I completely understand where Spawn Wrangler is coming from when they mention discipline issues. At the Dojo, we weren't allowed to punish children at all aside from sitting out of a game or going to Sensei's office. Believe me when I say some of them desperately needed it. I can not tell you how many parents brought their Hellspawn in with the direct orders for us to cure their little...angel. We are NOT miracle workers. I have one pair of brothers that spring to mind. I'll call them Thing 1 and Thing 2.
Now, Thing 2 wasn't as bad as his brother, though he definitely had a severe case of Middle Child Syndrome. Gods forbid he not get his way and all the attention. His screeching was enough to make my tail fluff and look for the nearest tree to climb. If he lost a game, he freaked. If he wasn't picked to answer a question, he freaked. This boy was about 7 when he came to us, 2 years younger than Thing 1. I may be being a little critical, but I had children younger and right around the same age as him who were perfect angels. We chalked it up to issues at home (I believe his father was deployed for a few months) and left it at that. Thing 1, however, made Thing 2 look calm. Honest to the Gods, I am worried about this child's future. I have NEVER met such an aggressive child. He'd constantly hit/kick/sometimes bite his brother (Thing 1 sometimes instigated this, too, though). Don't jump down my back here. We separated them and kept an eye on them the best we could, but 3 teachers can only do so much when teaching a class of 25+ students.
This child had so many conferences with his Mom and Sensei that I lost count. He'd throw tantrums that put his brother to shame and was WAY too rough when it came to sparring (Which we had at light contact and full sparring gear) and sometimes kids got hurt (Never badly and not enough to get the little shit kicked out). What were we allowed to do? Put him in the corner...with him sitting there and either glowering or grinning the whole time. Seriously, he had this maniacal grin whenever he did something wrong. We. Couldn't. Do. A. Damned. Thing. My favorite Sensei (Mr. Ninja) and I constantly tried to have something done, but to no avail. We eventually just got real good at realizing when he was about to do something, so that we could prevent it.
Eventually, his tantrums stopped riling up the other kids, so thankfully we didn't have to do as much damage control after a few months. I guess they just adjusted and learned to ignore it. Hell, some of the poorly behaved kids even became heavenspawn after witnessing some of these children's tantrums.
Mr. Ninja and I were actually counting down the days when we found out they were moving. This is the one and only time I wasn't heartbroken over losing a child and the Dojo didn't offer some sort of deal to where the children could come back occasionally. Looking back on it, I get so, so angry. You know, I can't even be mad at the mom. She was juggling these two hellspawn and a new born while her husband was deployed. What i'm annoyed about was not being able to do more. I loved teaching the kids, but these two honestly had me dreading going to classes and I hated them spoiling it for the other children, too. I recently heard from Mr. Ninja that he's branching off and starting his own school within the next few years. He offered me a position and, knowing him, we won't be tolerating Hellspawn of that magnitude.
The Game (He he he),