Page 195, Line 4

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“An instant later, Principal Jones switches back to full-on principal mode.”

Matthew Swanson & Robbi Behr, The Real McCoys

“It wasn’t me,” I said, hoping she would be convinced. “I don’t know who it was, but it wasn’t me.” I crossed my fingers. “I promise.”

Principal Jones leaned back in her chair and smiled. “I understand.”

Ha, she bought it – hook, line, and sinker. I am good. I smiled back and tried to look innocent.

“I’m here to be everyone’s friend, so when I hear that someone put mustard, ketchup, and french fries into someone else’s milk carton when they left the table to get another jello cup, I have to look into it.” Principal Jones smiled more and looked like my grandmother offering me a plate of cookies. “You understand that, don’t you?”

“Oh, yes, I do hope you find whoever did that mean thing,” I lied. Inside I was busting a gut trying not to laugh. I would be out of there in a minute. Adults can be so stupid most of the time.

Then it happened.

An instant later, Principal Jones switches back to full-on principal mode and whipped out the lunchroom monitor’s notes and flicked on the security tv she had near her desk.

My eyes grew wide. I couldn’t help it. She had me. There was no other reason she would let it go on as long as she had. Unless she enjoyed it. I couldn’t help but laugh as I watched Hillary’s reaction again. It was funny the first time, funnier the second, and had me on the floor by the time Principal Jones played it for the fifth time.

Yeah, okay, I shouldn’t have done it, but three days in-school suspension was worth it.


Note: this story was fiction…there was no way our school would have had a camera back then – nor did any of us snitch when it was our turn. 🙂

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