While my students were taking yet another test this week, I decided to take advantage of the quiet time to respond to a backlog of emails. I was scanning the room while responding to an email sent from my sister-in-law, who is also an educator in the public school system, when one of my students caught my attention. I watched her for a while and included my observations in the email I was writing. The following is part of said email:
… I am literally watching a girl pulling strings out of the inside lining of her shirt- she’s putting the strings into a pile- TO EAT!!! She EATS string!!! She literally has a pile on her desk the size of a golf ball and she is going to chow down on the tasty tendrils like they are…
… sorry. I just confiscated her pile and threw it away. When she tried to go into the trash after it, I squeezed Elmer’s Glue all over it. OyVey!!!
…and now she’s eating her pants.
(some days she brings her gym clothes with her to class so she can have something to snack on) I tried to look up her “condition” on WebMD, but found nothing…
I have asked the String Snacker about her “issue.” Her response, “I like the taste of string. It’s delicious.”
I have also reprimanded other students for contributing to String Snacker’s “condition.” One day I caught a girl pulling the draw string out of her hoodie to give to String Snacker. String Snacker’s eyes lit up like a child on Christmas morning. I immediately took the draw string and put it on my desk. String Snacker tried to get any child who needed a Kleenex, or went within a 5ft radius of my desk, to steal the draw string for her. I eventually resorted to squirting GermX all over the draw string before dropping it the trash can. I thought String Snacker was going to cry.
On a side note- I had another student who would eat kleenex, paper, pencils, wrappers… one day he surveyed his desk while tugging on the bars and the desk top before asking me in all sincerity, “Miss Lewis, do you think I could eat this desk?” That student is no longer in my class. 😦