We should start a club. My 13 year old son is acting out in a similar way. He is labeled 'gifted" and has had A's all year. As this term progressed, he began to refuse attending school. He missed assignments, his grades dropped, he is up to 22 days absent and I am pertrified that he will be labeled truant or a delinquent child and involved with the state system. We have 4 days left! and he refuses to go. We are exhausted, we have dragged him out of bed wrapped in his blankets, dressed him, dragged him to the car. We have cried, begged, pleaded. We have done his homework for him. We have shown him state regulations regarding truancy online and pictures of detention centers for habitually truant boys. We have bribed. None of it works for more than a day.
No one but his family know this is happening. He plays sports, has many friends including in the very popular group, just got back from a multi-day camping trip in Virginia with his gifted class where he had a blast. First words through the door were, " I hope you know I'm not ever going to school again!"
This morning, Sunday, we spread out his missing assignments from the field trip, planning to prioritize and make it manageable for him. He exploded, left our house against our wishes, and is hiding somewhere in the neighborhood. I think our efforts to hide this from his school are over, we will have to go in Monday and share our dirty secrets, with just 4 days left! This is crazy! We are completeley baffled as to why he does this.
How does one tell the differenece between a mental illness, such as anxiety, and a plain old-fashioned spoiled lazy boy?