My fifteen year old comes home today from school. Says he almost got into a fist fight in class today. After about 20 minutes of questioning- trying to get to the bottom of it- I get this reconstructed dialogue- not sure what he said to start it, but here is what he told me:
Kid: That's pretty gay.
Son: There is nothing wrong with being gay.
Kid: They spread AIDS.
Son: Well, AIDS isn't funny, almost 70 million people have died from it.
Kid: I wish that everyone in the world got cured of AIDS, but you would catch it and died.
Son: That's not very funny.
Kid: Well then you should get cancer.
Son: That's even worse, my mother has had cancer and a close friend of the family died of it last year.
Kid: Well, I hope you get it.
Son: (to teacher) Can you get this guy out of here, I am going to punch him.
According to my son, the teacher had heard some of the dialogue and and removed the kid post haste. Again, my son seemed to maintain a lot of self control. Even the teacher said, if you would have punched him, I wouldn't have blamed you in the least.
I haven't heard anything from the school- so my guess is that everything is going to be okay...I hope...
...So Hazel goes to Liz, appealing to her sense of female solidarity. She complains that Kenneth is trying take over her job. Also, he undressed her with his eyes. And had his way with her. With his eyes. Despite the fact that this really doesnt sound like Kenneth, Liz commiserates:
Sorry, but some kids wishes cancer on me twice and after I tell them I have had a personal loss and a scare with my mom? It's on. I was small but I had a brother 4 years older and I held my own for the most part.
But good for your kid's restraint. I will be interested in hearing Part 2, because I am telling you straight up this won't be over.
I am surprised that any 15 year old would have the presence of mind to speak that way. I sort of doubt the conversation went like that. If it did though, good on your kid; he shows way more maturity than I had at that age. The usual pattern for these conversations is:
A: You're a fag.
B: So are you.
A: No I'm not queer.