Wednesday, January 9, 2008

an e-mail sent and a call to be made

1. i sent an email to a big wig higher up saying that i need to discuss my current work environment. i made sure to note what fantastic progress i have made with the children. and how ironic it is that what makes the environment "intolerable" is not the children or the neighborhood but one of my co-workers. i wonder which one i'm referring to!
anyway, i haven't heard back yet and i am getting a little nervous. i hope it is ok and that this doesn't "blacklist" me. at hell's library people were blacklisted for speaking up.

2. there is this kid, T, who comes in here. i am not sure what is wrong with him. if i would guess he has at least a few of the following ailments: lead poisoning, autism, a speech impediment, mental retardation, and/or hearing loss. he is about 9 years old and i would say he has the functionality of a 4 or 5 year old. he can barely understand me when i speak to him and he can only communicate in very garbled short words. he does not go to school, he does not know how to read or write, he cannot tell you his last name or his age, and he is left here unsupervised almost every day. oh, and he also hits other children. one time i had to physically get in between him and another child that he had started punching. so he is VERY difficult to deal with and although i want to help him i am often very frustrated by him. i probably kick him out of the library for misbehaving at least once a week. anyway, my point! yesterday he came in with a black eye. a real nasty one too. when asked by a staff member what happened he said his mother hit him. or at least that's what it sounded like. so today, when this staff member comes in i will be explaining the process of calling the child abuse registry.

ah another day in library in the hood. but you know how it is ... i don't do anything and i am incompetant and i let the kids run wild and do whatever they want.

1 comment:

*Bitch Cakes* said...

You deserve a medal at the very least. I don't know how you do what you do. It's very impressive, and most people couldn't. I hope they realize what an asset you are and respond appropriately!