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Me? - Cheating?

by David Pekrul
copyright 12-15-2005

Age Rating: 10 +
Me? - Cheating?

So there I stood facing the wall, as students passed up and down the hallway.
The waiting was unbearable, the torment unjustified.
“Wait in the hall for the Principal to see you.”
The words echoed through my brain, and I was a nervous wreck.

She said I cheated on the spelling test, but it wasn't my fault she forgot,
and gave the same test two days in a row.
I did well on the first one, and the answers were still in my desk.
How was it cheating if I copied from my own work?

“If you get strapped at school, you’ll get strapped when you get home.”
(Words of wisdom from my parents)
“But the girl behind me tattled on me, Dad! She never did like me.”

The Principal finally made his appearance.
He had been there the whole time, watching, enjoying the show.
He was Satan in a suit.
“Now hold your hand out flat. If you cup your hand I will double the strokes.”
I did as I was told and the strokes came hard.

The first one was a bitter sting, and I winced, but did not cry.
The second one was expected.
“Not so bad,” I thought, “I can handle this.”
But the Principal did not want you to ‘handle this’.
He wanted terror, but I would not satisfy his need.

Then it was over.

I was either too honest or just plain stupid, but I told my parents anyway.
They actually agreed with me, that the girl who tattled was in the wrong.

I never did get the second strapping.

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        12-23-2006     Tammy Frascona        

I really enjoyed the moral to the story so-to- speak! I am young yes but do remember those days, it was only in late 1987 that punishment in the schools were finally banned and I couldn't have been happier.
The moral that I like to point out in this was to mind your own business! I truly live by that statement. All to often in children and adults tattling is praised upon and seen as a preventative tool when in fact it is dictating and diminishing the very same privacy laws that most people try so hard to enforce.
You got a spanking because some nosy, teachers pet wanted to get you into trouble to justify a praise and a revenge on you; a personal attack if you will say that.I am also very happy with your parents for letting you explain and then stood behind you; having the understanding and respect from your parents is something that no one can take from you, duplicate or smear; but you already knew that! Huh?
Great Story and I love how through it is and it seems nothing was left out, not even a period missing or misplaced. Bravo!
~~~ Tammy F. Of The Commenting Crusaders ~~~

        07-19-2006     BJ Niktabe        

Thank goodness the days of corporal punishment in schools are history! I wouldn't have wanted any teachers laying a hand on my daughter. This is a reminder of what it had been like "back in the day."

        01-02-2006     Richard Reed Jr        

This was indeed quite funny and ineresting and something we all can relate To in one Way or another.

Keep them coming!


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