They were supposed to be watching the movie Anne Frank. Instead, they were talking, so I was walking around the room. I caught a boy with his cell phone out on his desk.
"Put it away," I said. (I was being nice. I could have just confiscated the thing.)
He mumbled some excuse and put it in his pocket. He attempted to pull it out again when he thought I wasn't looking. I informed him that if I saw it again, I was going to confiscate it.
"You can't do that!" he informed me. "You're just a sub. You can't take my cell phone."
I can't, can I? I don't have the authority? The office won't accept confiscated cell phones from a lowly sub? Silly boy. I have done this before, and the office is more than happy to take the devices off my hands. And you will give it to me, or I will get security, the principal, or both involved, and then it will get really ugly.
I said none of this. I just thought it. I thought it as I looked at the boy. I must have had a "he didn't just say that, did he?" look on my face, for the boy quickly recanted.
"I was just kidding. You won't see it again. Could I just reply to this text first?"
I didn't see that cell phone again. (I told him to reply to the text after class.)