Open eyes and hanging heads. Black Sharpie stands out. Three missing
students. Silence. THIS......................is my classroom.
“WHAT IS THAT!!!!” I would LOVE to have yelled. I would have yelled it
so loud my voice would have stunned like the thud of an anvil falling
from 100 feet. “WHAT IS THAT!!!!”
Can you hear it?
So loud that my words would reverberate so
harshly in their heads they’d be too dizzy to even sit up right. “WHAT IS THAT!!!!”
Can you hear it now?
They’d feel so ashamed, they’d beg for forgiveness.
“Oh please, Mr Boutin. We were so wrong. Students should never act like this. We’re so sorry!!!”
I’d turn my head to let them know I’m too angry to forgive in this moment.
buy you a new projection screen. We should never have defaced it with
marker like that. How could we ever expect you to trust us. We’ll do all
our homework and never complain ever again. We’re so sorry.”
After profuse apologies, they’d sit silently begging for excellent
instruction. “Please, we’ll do anything to make up for the colossal
catastrophe we collectively caused,” their faces would say, and their
pencils, poised over their papers, would agree.
I ask calmly why someone has drawn on my projection
screen. A student calmly combs his hair and makes a joke about it.
Others snicker. Most are bored waiting for the next activity. THIS is my
Man, you shoulda seen what happened in Mr Boutin’s class yesterday.
So Mr. Boutin is talkin’ bout population or some shit and he puts on this video and walks outta class.
He just left class?
Yea – well he kicked out some people and
was takin’ em to the office I guess. Iono. Anywayz. This movie is
playin’ for like five minutes, and it’s like hella boring. All it is is
all these white dots on a map and this annoying sound.
Why were you watching it? Was it supposed to be teaching you something?
I guess. Anywayz, Mr. B comes back in the room and there’s black marks on the screen at the front. And at first, he like doesn’t say
anything. The lights were out, so maybe he couldn’t see it. But then he
turns the lights on and is like, “Why is there marker on my screen?”
Somebody drew on the projection screen while he was out of the room?
yuuuUUPPP. The people in there is always clownin’. That class is SOOOO boring. Nobody takes it seriously. It’s all bad.
What did Mr. Boutin do?
Oh, ya know, he’s just like, “You guys are so bad and you act like
you’re in pre-school and I feel disrespected,” and all that or whatever.
We’re all just sittin’ there like, Really? I mean, Really?
What happened next?
He went in the hall and started talkin’ to security or something,
and then he came back in and started teaching again. He never does
nothin’ bout that stuff.
That’s messed up.
Yea…but it was kinda funny though.