All of the cute little pickles are referred to by name until there is an “incident report.” On the incident report, they are referred to only as “friend”.
“Today, Mr. Pickle Pumkpin’s friend bit him.”
“Mr. Pickle Pumpkin’s friend hit him in the head with a truck.”
We’ve asked him to point out the perpetrators in his class photos, but toddlers are notoriously unreliable witnesses, even if they, themselves, are the victims of the crime.