I pulled a pair of pants from the washing machine and out fell a bunch of pine needles. I found pine cones in two other jackets, the pockets stuffed full.
He was playing with them, by himself, at recess and a classmate came over and stated she wanted them. And then she took them. He told her he was playing with them and she took them anyway. Ever since he's been pocketing things and hiding them from her.
I asked him why he didn't go to his para or teacher for help and said he couldn't. If a disagreement was a "small thing" the kids are supposed to try and work it out themselves. Fair enough. Under normal circumstances I actually think that's a pretty good policy.
I pushed him a little further and said something like, "But you told her you were playing with them and she took them anyway, that doesn't sound small to me..." Honestly, it sounds like she was bullying you, that little hussy. I kept my mouth shut on that last part.
He said, "No. No, mom. The pine cones are small, so I had to work it out on my own. Those are the rules..."