I had to clear my classroom and wait for security to show up for the first time in my entire career today. Then I stayed after school for a parent/teacher conference with the mom and dad of a kid who in the first semester alone has racked up fifty-six office referrals, and neither showed up.

Two days until winter break. I’m tired, goddammit.

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Luther M. Siler

Teacher, writer of words, and local curmudgeon. Enthusiastically profane. Occasionally hostile.