Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Refusing to Leave
I'm covering two weeks of 12th grade English at the continuation high school. The teacher retired.
Third period is the journalism class. And they're a challenge. They're not working on their articles for the newspaper, and not even the threat of getting zero credits for these two weeks are managing to push them to work.
So, when Arlo took a seat in class, I wasn't having it.
Arlo is in the second period, but he's not in the journalism class. Why was he there? Because he didn't like his third period teacher. Who was out that day and had a sub of his own.
In second period, Arlo was a pain. He was "done" with the class, so he was more of a disruption than anything. But he was enrolled in my second period class. I had to put up with him then. I didn't have to put up with him for another period.
I told Arlo to go. He had another class. But he wouldn't leave.
He wanted a reason why he had to go. That he wasn't enrolled in the class and had another class he should have been in wasn't good enough. Nor was my telling him that I was asking him to leave. Oh no.
"I won't leave until you give me a good reason why."
So, we went back and forth a couple times. Then I called for security.
Security arrived. I told Arlo his escort was there. And still, he refused to budge.
At this point, there's not a lot to do. No one could grab the student and drag him out. I wasn't going to attempt it, and I didn't expect security to do so either. Security left. And I busied myself with other things.
Shortly thereafter, the principal arrived. (I had thought he was off campus at the time, so I didn't expect to see him.) Apparently, that was enough for Arlo. He willingly left then.
Well, sort of willingly. He told the principal that I was wacko. Apparently, I was being unreasonable asking him to leave. And I was called other names...
Alas, Arlo's departure didn't make third period any easier to deal with. But at least my issues were now with those enrolled in the class.