1. Some of you may remember that I work in Special Ed. One day a 13 year old boy (blue in the pictures below) was angry at a teacher (pink, below) and I (green below) was in between them, but off to the side, which you can't tell in the pictures.
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  3. The kid. Please note the double bird.
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  4. Teacher.
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    The dry erase markers we've been using since September are starting to not be too great.
  5. Me, before my haircut.
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  6. He's expressing his displeasure verbally now.
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  7. He's now moved on to showing us how he feels physically.
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  8. Huh. This doesn't look promising.
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  9. Whoosh! I dread this kind of situation.
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  10. You can't tell from this 2D drawing, but this isn't aimed at me. It's aimed at the teacher in pink. I'm off to the side a bit.
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  11. It's a good throw, heading straight at the teacher.
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  13. Aha!
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  14. I caught that chair mid flight, by a leg, as it was flying towards the teacher.
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    I felt like I'd grabbed an arrow out of the air as it was heading towards a bullseye.
  15. She later said "You saved my life." This is an exaggeration. At most I saved her from a bruise or two.
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  16. The boy wasn't happy for my quick athletic ability.
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  17. At the moment this was a very intense situation, but that was well over a year ago and we laugh about it now.
  18. Additional thoughts. This type of behavior was pretty typical of him. In two years he probably threw 20 chairs, a baseball bat, various staplers, books, and tape dispensers, and regularly threatened to "come back tomorrow with a machete (or knife or sword) and cut your fucking heads off." This particular teacher and I were his main targets.
  19. This year is completely different. Between us working with him and maturity he's a whole new kid and actually pleasant to be around. His worst fit this year was when he stormed out of class, but did so silently and stopped to grab a hall pass on his way out. So successful.
  20. Sometimes, like with this guy, I feel like what we do makes a real difference, although it doesn't happen as often as I'd like.