Thursday, April 4, 2019
Emily was the only one actually doing any work in second period. This was the continuation high school, so students not accomplishing much is a normal Thursday. Emily managed to complete two assignments.
And she wasn't even enrolled in the class.
(Emily was in wood shop second period, but it was too cold in the room. She received permission to switch to the warmer room.)
During the passing period between second and third, I noticed Emily had left a paper behind. I scanned it. Assuming she'd return for it, I left the paper on her desk.
Then third period arrived.
One of the boys picked up the page.
"Does anyone know Emily? She left a suicide note."
In seconds it had gone through five sets of hands, everyone wanting to see the "suicide note".
"It's not a suicide note," I informed them. "Give it to me."
"How do you know?" a student asked.
"I've read it."
"What does it say?" He folded the note and held it away from me.
What? He wanted me to quote it verbatim? I don't think so.
In retrospect, I realize I should have picked the paper up when I saw it. I really should know better.
The boy eventually gave me the paper, and I left it on the teacher's desk. And they got started in class... Well, they sat down, anyway. Not much work got done.
What was in the "note"? Here it is:
Did you ever write notes in school? Did you ever misplace an assignment?
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