A/n, I'm changing something, I've decided that Jack is eight not nine and is in the second grade. Thanks for reading, please review! -
Hotch sighed when his phone rang. They had just gotten back from a case. His and Emily's children were staying with Jessica while Reid and Morgan's kids were staying with Garcia. Will had Henry and Lisa.
"Hotchner," he answered.
"Hello, Agent Hotchner, this is Mrs. Russell, the principal at Conley Elementary. I need you to come down to the school as soon as you can. I'm afraid your son was involved in an incident."
"Thank you, Mrs. Russell, my wife and I will be there as soon as we can," he said hanging up his phone and heading for the bullpen. He knew the rest of the team had already gone home. He just hoped that whatever Jack had done it wasn't anything to serious. -
Emily frowned when she caught sight of her husband's face. He looked concerned and maybe slightly angry.
"What's wrong, Aaron?"
"I just got a call from Jack's school. The principal says he was involved in an incident and she would like us to come down to the school."
"Any idea what's going on?" Emily questioned. Hotch shook his head as he helped her gather up her things and they headed for the garage and their car. -
"They didn't say what the problem was?" Spencer asked as he and Derek walked into Conley Elementary.
"Nope," Derek replied. Reaching the main office the two men made their way in.
"Can I help you?" asked the young secretary.
"Derek Morgan and Spencer Reid-Morgan we're here to see Principal Russell.
"She'll be with you in a moment, please take a seat," she said indicating the chairs along the wall. Five minutes later two familiar faces entered the office.
"Hotch, Emily?" Spencer exclaimed in surprise.
"Reid, Morgan?" Emily asked.
"What are you doing here?" Hotch asked.
"The principal called us," Morgan answered.
"She called us to," Hotch replied. Just then the door to the principals' inner office opened and she called the four of them into the office. They were shocked at the scene they saw. Jack was sitting with an ice pack on his lip and a bruised and cut fist. Another boy was sitting a couple of seats away with a tissue on his nose and an ice pack on his cheek. Savanna was sitting next to Jack, tears in her eyes. Her lip looked swollem and she was gently pressing an ice pack against it while Jack held one on her wrist.
"Papa, Daddy!" she cried bursting into tears. Both men rushed over and dropped to their knees beside their little girl.
"Are you okay, Vanna Bug?" Reid asked. Savanna nodded her head even though her parents could tell she was upset and hurting.
"If the four of you will take a seat I'll explain what's going on," the principal offered. Nodding the four profilers took seats. They noticed a fifth person a woman standing next to the other boy and she looked furious.
"What happened here?" Hotch asked barely able to keep his temper in check.
"According to witnesses Nicholas here was teasing Savanna and Jack was defending her. It's one thing to defend another student, but this school does not tolerate fighting for any reason," she said sternley.
"You know better then to hit, Jack, what do you have to say for yourself, young man?" Aaron demanded glaring at his eldest child.
"I know, but you always said to stand up for what you believe in and to stand up for people you love well, that's all I was doing."
"Just tell us what happened," Emily requested gently.
"We were at recess, the second graders are out on the playground for a few minutes while the kindergarteners are before we go inside. Well Savanna was drawing a picture on the sidewalk using the sidewalk chalk and Nick walked up to her and told her the picture looked stupid and took the chalk and held it above her head. She asked for it back and he said no, then he stomped all over her picture and she started to cry. He called her a crybaby and pushed her down. She fell and hit her lip and her wrist. Then he threw the chalk at her. I told him to leave her alone but he said he didn't have to and that if I wanted him to I had to make him. I told him to be nice to Lady Bug, she was just a little girl. I told him to pick on me, I was bigger, that's when he hit me and called me a wimp cause I defended Savanna. He said I was a girl lover then he hit me, so I hit him back," Jack concluded.
"'Lady Bug'?" the principal repeated.
"It's a nickname that Jack's called Savanna for as long as any of us can remember," Reid explained.
"I see, well, do you and Nicholas agree that what Jack said is true?" the principal asked addressing Savanna and Nicholas. Both kids nodded.
"Jack's been a good kid up to this point," Hotch interjected.
"Yes he has, Agent Hotchner, which is why instead of the usual three day suspension I'm only giving him one. As for Nicholas, Ms. Wesley, this is his third fight since the year started two and a half months ago, so I have no choice to suspend him for the full three days."
"I understand Mrs. Russell," she responded.
"What about Savanna?" Morgan asked.
"She didn't do anything wrong, so I hope to see her back at school tomorrow. I appreciate all of you coming down, and I hope to not see any of you in my office again, do I make myself clear?" The last part of her sentence was directed at the three kids. All three of them nodded before they stood up and after grabbing their backpacks they followed their parents out of the office.
"Do you have any children's Tylenol for these two?" Emily asked the secretary. She nodded as she opened a drawer and after opening the bottle handed two tablets to Emily. One of them Emily gave to Jack and the other she gave to Savanna. Both kids grimaced at the taste of the pill as they chewed and swallowed it, but they took them obediently. They knew they would help the pain go away.
"Are you okay now?" Morgan asked gently lifting Savanna into his arms. She nodded as she turned to Jack.
"Thank you for helpin' me," she said softly.
"Your welcome," Jack answered.
Turning to Hotch and Emily, Savanna said, "Don't be mad at Jack, he was helpin' me. Nick was being mean. Please don't be mad at him," she pleaded.
"We're not mad at him, sweetie," Hotch assured her.
"Your not?" Jack asked in surprise.
"We're not happy that you used violence to solve a problem instead of using your words or getting an adult, but we're glad that you defended Savanna," Emily explained.
"Oh," Jack said relieved he wasn't in trouble.
"Well, what do you say we all go home," Morgan suggested. The others nodded and headed out to their cars. Hotch was about to pull out of his parking space when Jack spoke up.
"Am I grounded?"
"I'd like to say no, but you know how Emily and I feel about fighting no matter the circumstances. So here's what your punishment is. No TV tomorrow. Your suspended tomorrow, so you should use that time to work on school work and not watch TV, does that sound fair?"
"Yes, Dad, Emily," Jack answered settling into his seat trying to forget about the pain in his hand and in his cheek.
"We love you, son," Emily said softly.
"I love you guys to," Jack mumbled turning to look out the window at the scenery passing by.
A/n, read and review!