Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Resignation or coping mechanism?

I've learned to shrug off the Ridiculous. Some things you can't change, no matter how serious they are. For example, they've broken in to my school twice in the last week. Last night my room was part of the Break-In Scandal of 2005. I'm not the only victim, they broke into several other rooms on the first and second floor. Last night they didn't take anything from my room or from other rooms in my hall. They pushed a small fridge out of an English teacher's window and left it on the roof. I'd be seriously pissed if someone ruined my food. That shit is sacred. But, in MH's room, the only disruption was broken glass and a Chuckie footprint (we always called them Converse). The most hilarious aspect of my break-in is that THE WINDOWS WERE UNLOCKED. Either these kids like breaking things or are too stupid to test the windows. I honestly believe the latter.
The interesting thing about this break-in fiasco is that we are the only campus in the district that does not have a security camera system and we have no security system for our classrooms. Makes sense, huh? The scary thing is that the kids are learning this, as one of my kids said today, "Wait, didn't the alarm system go off?" He just returned from prison today and his eyes gleamed with comprehension.
The fact that our campus has the highest rate of theft in the district but no security cameras is Ridiculous. It just is.

Today I sent a kid down to the library, trusting her to use the computers in peace. I should have known better; this kid has a serious mouth on her. She came back a little embarrassed and mock-proud, announcing that she cussed out the librarians and told them to "shut they mouths." "Sweetheart,"I said earnestly, "Why do you think you can go around telling adults to shut their mouths? I know your mama doesn't let you talk to adults like that...does she?" My darling student admitted that her mother does not, in fact, allow her to talk rudely in her presence. But this kid gets away with murder because people just don't want to deal with it. The attitude does get tiring, as adorable as she can be. The kid wears you down.

Apparently the librarian said to her, "Leave and don't come back...ever!" My student whipped around and said, with all her sass,"Oh I'll be back. You can't get rid of me!" Haha. I don't know why I find that so funny. Like the kid is dying to go to the library or something.


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