Thursday, June 22, 2017
For the penultimate day of school, I was once again at the continuation high school. (I did not work the last day of school this year.) The kiddos had an assignment, but very few of them chose to do it. In fact, very few of them chose to come to school at all.
(I think this is why the traditional high schools give students finals. It keeps them coming to class and makes them try for those last few days.)
I was basically on crowd control. Well, if you consider a class of seven to be a "crowd".
2nd period. I pointed out the assignment. A couple of them even got out books and paper.
"Remember when you pulled that knife on me? I wanted them to expel you for that."
This is not the sort of statement that is usually accompanied with laughter. But there was no anger in Julio's voice. He seemed to be in instigating mode. Waiting to see if I'd have to intervene, I just listened in.
"You stole my pizza," Daniel replied.
This is when Julio noticed that I was listening, so he explained.
Back when the boys were in middle school, they were in home ec. together. One day the assignment was pizza. They cooked it. At the end of the period, they each got a slice.
You know when you take a slice of pizza how sometimes a bit of the tip of an adjoining piece gets stuck to it? Julio's slice had a bit of Daniel's slice's tip attached.
So, Daniel demanded that Julio give him back that little bit of pizza. Julio refused. Daniel grabbed a butter knife and held it to Julio's ribs...
They didn't tell me what happened after that. Apparently the teacher called for backup as it sounds like the issue got resolved with school administrators.
"If I could forgive you for that..." Julio said to Daniel.
Apparently, this is one of those funny stories that they like to remember. At least they can laugh about it. If they were still angry at each other...