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6 Apr, 5 tweets, 1 min read
My child got sent to Zoom detention for not paying attention in Zoom 4th grade. Email said here’s the link to access the room to serve detention.

I swear I’m trying so hard to take this life seriously.
So, more details. This is an office referral, where the teacher gives repeated verbal warnings over time, then escalates to sending the child to the principal's office and notifying parents. At "detention" she's supposed to discuss and reflect with the behavior interventionist.
The repeated behavior the teacher warned my 9yo and emailed me previously about is my child's inability to focus consistently in online class and complete the assignments. She frequently gets distracted, plays computer games, ignores the teacher, or just signs off Zoom.
My child is struggling to keep it together during this pandemic like all of us. I chose remote learning to keep her safe, and I understand doing 4th grade on Zoom is difficult. It's also hard for teacher who manages both kids in class and online. But Zoom detention is ridiculous.
Thanks, everyone, for your thoughtfulness and support. I can't possibly address all the replies and quotes, but I appreciate everyone. I have to go teach my own class now, but for those asking, yes, "virtual detention" were their exact words, and, no, I'm not sending my child.

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If you don't live with children, I can't explain how difficult it is to eat your food without them asking for it. I can never sit down with my plate (even after giving them theirs!!) and my kids will leave me alone. Leftovers they ignored for days, the minute I eat, I must share.
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Conversely, if you’re getting “flewed out” to provide sex, and an adult doing this of your free will and under no coercion to feed a habit, good for you, enjoy yourself. However, know you’re being paid for sex, so understand these transactions, implied contracts, and your rights.
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