Today Rio was sent home from school with a discipline slip.
"Mom look what Rio has for you," Amaya said, handing me a slip from Rio's teacher.
A discipline slip. It states: Grabbing clothes of others around the neck.
This is the second discipline slip this year. The first one was for not following the one set of rules that the school has in place for tether ball.
"Rio," I said. "Come here."
"Ya..." He said with his head hanging low as he approached me.
"What happened?" I asked. "You grabbed someone by their shirt?"
"Yes," he answered.
"I don't know?" he answered.
"Was it because you were mad?" I asked.
"No, we were playing," he said. "And grabbing is part of the game. You have to catch the other person. He grabbed me too."
"Okay, well it isn't okay to grab people by their shirt. Especially around the neck, it's dangerous," I told him.
"I know. We were just playing a game," he said.
"Did you tell your teacher that the other boys were playing like that too?"
"Why not?" I asked.
"Because they're my friends and I don't want to get them in trouble," he said.
And he's right. No one likes a tattle tale.