When Evelyn got ready to come home from school, she was going to wait with Fiona like usual until they got picked up. Her teacher told her Fiona wasn't coming - she had gotten in trouble and was sent home early!
It's not like none of us have been in trouble in school before, but never so badly we were sent home. We knew it had to be something really terrible. Evelyn found out from the other students that Fiona had gotten in a fight on the playground with a girl from her class. (She's in Grade Five and Evelyn is in Grade Three, so they aren't in the same classroom.) She had the other girl on her back on the mud, and was punching her. She even scratched her and bit her! Blakeney was pretty upset, and we were all really shocked.
No matter how many times she was asked, Fiona wouldn't say what they were fighting about. She just sat at the kitchen table with her arms folded, and shook her head whenever someone brought it up. The only thing she said was that she didn't care what her consequence was for what she did.
Blakeney phoned the teacher, and the teacher thought Fiona just attacked the girl for no reason. The teacher said it was because Fiona has bipolar disorder - but Bree didn't think that was true, because Fiona never hit anyone at school before. We couldn't figure out what had happened, though, and Fiona wasn't saying. It was weird that she had done something violent like that!
A couple of hours later, the father of one of Fiona's classmates called and asked to speak to Blakeney. He said that his daughter had overheard what led to the fight, and it wasn't just nothing. The girl Fiona was punching had been saying mean things about Evelyn because she's black. Blakeney didn't repeat any of it to us, and neither did Fiona, but apparently it was really hateful and racist. Fiona told the girl to stop and she wouldn't, so they got in a fight.
Blakeney told Fiona that next time she was supposed to tell her teacher instead of hitting, but she didn't punish her besides that. I think she secretly thought the other girl needed to learn her lesson. We know we should try not to get in fights... but we can't blame Fiona for standing up for her little sister!