One of the 4th graders' mom stopped me after school. She and I have good conversation on a daily basis, so this was all a friendly conversation about her son:
A MOM: I hear my son got in trouble today in Drama today.
MR. BOWERS: Yeah, he said that you told him if someone hits you, you can hit them back--even if it's a girl. I told him that his mom doesn't want him to get bullied, that she wants him to fight back...not this little play slapping with a girl...and that he shouldn't be hitting girls in the first place.
A MOM: Yeah, I told him that...a girl that age shouldn't be hitting a boy and I told him that if someone initiates contact, he should hit them back.
MR. BOWERS: Well, maybe you could tell him that if he wants to hit someone, to invite them home so you can watch!
A MOM: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!