Saturday, I chaperoned my son’s Indoor Drumline trip to Riverview HS. I so love volunteering and spending the day with the kids and my son. In the morning, the Color Guard performed and then in the evening, the Drumline performed. It was a long day; but I love watching them perform.
After my son’s team performed, the battery exited the gym to remove their drums and return to remove and fold the tarp. As I exited the gym, I realized they only had one person to hold the doors open, so I stood to the left side of the entrance and held open the door on the left for those exiting with instruments.
At this time, I noticed two students had not returned to the gym with the rest of the battery and that a girl was having a panic attack. It looked like she threw herself down on the ground in a fit. I told another Mom to check on her and directed the boy to go assist with the tarp. I turned away from the situation and focused on helping those exiting the gym.
As I was helping to guide one of the instruments over the threshold, the girl entered the alcove and tried to reenter the gym. I turned and told her she was not needed and to step away. She in turn, tried to push her way through me and screaming in my face that she needed to help. I and another student told her the tarp was folded and just waiting to get through the door. I then told her to she needed to step away from the area.
All instruments and the tarp were then successfully removed from the gym. As I walked away from the doors to await the group loading the tarp on the cart, the girl was still throwing herself around in her fit and I guided her away from the others and tried to get her to calm down. I told her to breath. She pushed me away, saying she couldn’t breathe. I tried to get her to refocus away from the panic and she told me to get away from her. I then instructed her that if she didn’t calm down, I was calling an ambulance because she was becoming a danger to not only herself; but those around her.
Her panic ended after hearing this and she ran over to help with the tarp. I then talked with the tech and told her that this girl was out of control and was a danger to not just herself; but those around her.
As I walked away from the tech, Mr. and Mrs. S (band director and Guard instructor)were approaching and I walked toward them. At this point, I was not going to say anything; but wait for a better opportunity to speak with Mr. S in private. However, Mr. S read my body language and asked what was going on. I then explained what had occurred stating that in my opinion, if she can’t get herself together, she is going to wind up hurting herself and those around her.
Mr. S then asked me if she put her hands on me. I told him yes, she had pushed me at two different times. He then called out the girl, instructed her that she was never to put her hands on a parent or student and stated a parent meeting was going to be scheduled for Monday evening and he left the area. I turned to retrieve the first aid bag and the girl ran up to me, distressed, telling me that she was in a panic attack and didn’t intentionally do anything wrong. I told her to step away from me, I didn’t want to hear it and I didn’t want her to be in my face.
At that time, I took the first aid bag back to the trailer. I waited for the other parents to return with the kids, gather up my stuff and went to the bus to wait. There were more than enough parents present that I felt it would not pose a problem and distanced myself from the situation.
Now, before I reveal my questions, please know that I am not a “hater” of anyone. I love and respect everyone, no matter their illness or persuasion. IMO, it has nothing to do with me and is none of my business. So, excuse my curiosity. No offense intended.
Okay, so here is the question? What is up with all this crap? More and more kids are having panic attacks, ADD, ADHD, and what have you. There are more kids these days identifying as gay or transgender, etc. What is happening?
Can someone explain what is going on? I don’t understand. Is it something with all the chemicals in our food and beverages? Is it that parents are raising their kids this way? Is it that we can no longer spank our kids? Are we letting the government have too much control and we just can’t raise our kids the way we were raised? Is it that the earth is now too close to the sun and we’re on our way to hell? I just can’t figure it out.
When I was young, I didn’t know anyone with these types of situations that were my age. We weren’t medicated. We weren’t in identity crisis. I’m at such a loss as to what has happened to cause all this.
I’m not saying I didn’t know people who were gay or transgender; but not at the rate and amount of those who now identify as such. If someone can tell me what is happening, I’d love to know.
BTW, I mean no disrespect. I’m just curious. I’m saddened for this young girl. It just seems like there are more and more people who just can’t handle life anymore in any way.