Today Caitlin tells me that another of her so-called friends (keep in mind there are only 3 kids Caitlin calls friend) told Caitlin that she wasn’t allowed to invite Caitlin to her birthday party because her mother said Caitlin was rude and inconsiderate.
I feel ill.
Caitlin has only been to this friend’s house once and as far as I know there was no problem on that occasion and seeing as every other report I’ve ever had of Caitlin’s behaviour at other people’s homes has been unfailingly positive I’m at a loss to understand where this comes from. Unless the friend is lying? (This begins to seem probable.)
Yesterday’s issue is not yet resolved though I did talk to the mum this afternoon (told her exactly what Caitlin had told me) and found out that F1, despite telling Caitlin that she isn’t interested in going ice-skating with us, has been lording it over her older sister at home and shows every sign of being very excited about going.
The more I’m finding out, the more it looks like Caitlin is being subjected to bullying behaviour from a number of her classmates. In fact she says there’s only one girl who’s not being mean to her and that’s friend 2 from yesterday’s story.
Next up, interview with the teacher I think.
I’m alternating between wanting to cry and wanting to bang a few heads together.
Meanwhile, in other news David managed to get himself into trouble on Monday for standing up to someone who was bullying one of his friends with a little too much of the physical kind of protest. A sense of justice can be a tricky thing.