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Topic: Teachers (07/12/04)

TITLE: CHARACTER
By Kenny Paul Clarkson
07/12/04

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With a lust for mischief and an eye for accuracy, Thom slung a rubber band between his thumb and forefinger. He loaded his makeshift slingshot with a paper clip, stretched it to maximum length and took aim at the back of Mrs. Hesterís head.

The sounds of humming fluorescent lights and chalk screeching through a proper prepositional phrase accentuated the silence. All eyes were on Thom.

With a sinister grin and flick of the wrist, he released his missile and, within a split second, smacked the teacherís puffy í60s style hairdo dead center.

The sixth-grade class roared with laughter.

Fortunately for Mrs. Hester, her big hair cushioned the blow.

She literally didnít know what hit her, and she didnít know why the class was laughing, until Ö Thom reloaded and this time aimed lower.

The shriek he evoked was heard all the way to the principalís office. Mr. Fox, accustomed to pre-adolescent shenanigans, burst into the classroom.

Dismissing Mrs. Hester, the silver-haired principal demanded to know what happened and who did it. No one would leave the room until someone confessed.

Once again, all eyes were on Thom.

Mr. Fox laid down the law. From that day forward rubber bands and paper clips would be considered contraband.

Their very possession would be cause for expulsion. They were prohibited.

There was nothing inherently wrong with rubber bands. Paper clips in the hands of trustworthy teenyboppers posed no cause for prohibition. It was Thomís misuse of these items that led to their banishment. Liberty was lost due to the character flaw of one individual.


Member Comments
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darlene hight07/19/04
Loved it! That is so true "How come I can't have rubber bands?"
Mary Elder-Criss07/19/04
"With a sinister grin and flick of the wrist, he released his missile and, within a split second, smacked the teacherís puffy í60s style hairdo dead center."

Oh my! Sure brings back memories...this was hilarious! Very well written.
Mary Elder-Criss07/19/04
Liberty was lost due to the character flaw of one individual.

I just had to add another comment because of your closing line..which was excellent..Because of Adam and Eve's sin in the garden..we lost that liberty..praise God for the love He had for us to send Christ to restore it...
Joanne Malley07/19/04
Fun story to read! Loved your descriptive sentences and your choice of words...they made your article humorous.
Gary Warren07/19/04
Hey, I think I was in that class!
Liberty was lost, Thank God it was restored.
Phyllis Inniss 07/19/04
The article was poignant with mischief. It told a good story and you brought out a well-learnt lesson in the end.
Jean Boulmay07/20/04
I loved reading this. It kept my attention throughout the story. Well written.
L.M. Lee07/20/04
Amen! That's the story all of history...evil always robs freedom.
Dixie Collinson07/22/04
This is hilarious..loved it!!
Karen Treharne07/24/04
Your descriptive words were awesome and gave life to the characters and the story. Well-written and with a stronger ending, worthy of submission efforts on your part. Great use of words!
Dan Blankenship 07/25/04
I enjoyed this story. It is always good to pack a lot of information into a short story. Words were used wisely. Good work. Keep it up!

God Bless.
Sincerely,
Dan Blankenship