He following Monday, I arrived at school at 7:00. I couldn’t enter the Halloween Freddy Krueger every town has an elm street shirt but in fact I love this building by my usual route, because the principal had confiscated my keys. So I used the main entrance. I walked into the office, greeted the receptionist, the secretaries, and the other people who were there at that early hour. Nice people, each and every one. They had never been anything but kind to me..met with the Union rep for over an hour that morning, repeating every detail over and over again: the perfectly ordinary school day; the routine evening at home; the late-night visit from two deputies – one sneering, fingering his revolver, and the other intense, then defensive; the ignored phone messages to Kay; the hostile, glaring principal, intimidated…by nothing! And, most of all – worst of all – how I had absolutely no idea who, or how, or why someone would make such a vicious, horrible accusation. the idea that I would ever make such an idiotic, ugly threat – and in so many words, too. Words I had never used, considered using, or even thought about using, ever; and most certainly not at school. Words quoted directly to me, by an officer of the law: interrogating me: “Did you make that statement?” The very idea that I would go armed with intent, into MY OWN school. A safe place, a good place. To hurt people? To kill people? With a gun….and I hadn’t even held a gun in my two hands since I was 10 years old, with my dad, at a trap shoot. The first, and only, time I ever fired that gun – rifle? shotgun? I don’t know – it knocked me flat on my back. And my dad laughed.I never touched a gun again. And now, someone decided to place it in my hands.Four days later, the Union rep called me at home. The District had completed its investigation, and wanted me to return to school the following Monday. But first, they wanted to meet with me, at 7:15 am. School started at 7:30, so I knew it was little more than a formality. I understood; they wanted to tell me the results of that investigation. By this time, I didn’t even care about the resolution.
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