him.” James mother argued vehemently.
had been flogged by the teachers, principal and the vice principal of his
school. He was serving punishment when his mother arrived the school after
being called via phone call by the principal, as soon as she saw him kneeling
down in the principal’s office, she ordered him to get up. Now, after explaining to her in details what they had seen in her son’s possession, she defended him.
can I explain this to you?” The mathematics teacher said trying to control his
school in this school and has never been reported for bad behaviour. I feel
that you teachers are oppressing him. Someone could have kept that thing in his
bag without his knowledge.” His mother continued.
bag had been broken into and that the condoms were inside it. I didn’t
understand what it was so I pulled out the packs and started looking at it
inquisitively till Mr. Okechukwu caught me. I have tried to explain to no avail
and they have beaten me mercilessly.” James said beginning to cry.
old….he is still a baby. How could you accuse him falsely of what he didn’t do?
You all should be sued! How dare you beat my son for no reason at all? Infact,
I should withdraw him from this school….if not that his father works far away
in Kaduna, he would have come here to teach you all a lesson. His dad is in the
army and I’m sure he won’t like this!”
The principal said, gulping down the fear in his throat.
his body, filled with cane marks….”
principal said to James in apology.
apologizing to this boy. I am a teacher and a good one at that and when I say I
saw something, I really saw something. I hereby announce my resignation from this
school.” Mr Okechukwu said bitterly.
said to him.
boy. I saw him bring out those condoms from his pocket, I watched him closely
in class and saw him shift his attention to them while I was teaching…”
to teach the students or monitor their every whim? If you were observing James
so closely in class, I’m sure you have a personal vendetta against him.” James
mother flung at Mr. Okechukwu.
don’t believe me, go ahead. He is your son and not mine, if he doesn’t get
corrected now and destroys his life tomorrow, it’s not my cup of tea but yours.”
point accusing fingers at me? Do you have enough to fend for yourself that you
took a teaching job? Listen to me, this boy is richer than you’ll ever be in
your entire life. I pay a total sum of two hundred and five thousand naira
every term. A sum, I doubt you have ever seen in your entire life so, shove
your opinions up your ass!”
from retorting, he angrily ripped his ID card from his shirt, dropped it on the
table, and took his leave.
accusing fingers at my boy. Does he have a son? Does he know how hard it is to
nurture a child from birth till this age?” She said to the principal and vice
principal. Turning to James who was standing behind her, she said to him. “Let’s
go my darling. I have to contemplate on whether you should return to this
school tomorrow or not! Besides, it’s still the first week of resumption and
you can conveniently fit in into another school.” His mother said and stormed
out of the office with her son in tow.
mom’s car. She remembered that she had told her mom that school might close
early today since it’s the first week of resumption and obviously, her mom didn’t
remember. She would have called her but she didn’t bring her phone to school besides it was against the rules. Her brother and sister attended the same school and they both boarded
the school bus. Kendra was upset, she really needed to go home as everyone was
already leaving school.
a crush on her but she wasn’t interested.
one of her classmates said to her as he walked up to her.
we don’t close school at the normal time.”
the other street…the car will be cramped though because most of the kids in
my street join us.”
to her and hurried off.
the main road with her school bag. She saw a trickle of her fellow students,
enter the bus to their destinations and she shrugged, ‘it couldn’t be too hard’
she thought ‘Gbenga just wants me to go with him in his car and I won’t’.
conductor was shouting the bus’s destination in such confusing manner.
the Pride Park Estate, that shouldn’t be hard’.
her breath, she stood up from her bed and left her room. She soon got to the
entrance door and opened it to reveal, Emerald and Zika clutching onto their
school bags and looking tired.
room to toss her bag and slump in the sofa.
resuming work? I can’t wait for her to come back. If she’s the one here, she’ll
take my bag into the room for me.”
and I mean it.” Clara warned.
and hurried into the room she shared with her brother. He was already there
removing his socks and shoes.
not supposed to share a room with my kid sister…”
and Clara in their room, it would be so cramped up.” Emerald said.
my peace in this house.” Zika said and stormed out of the room in order to give
his sister the privacy to change out of her uniform.
clothes, they went outside the house while Clara sat in the sitting room
watching television. Zika played basketball by himself while Emerald rode her
the other compound. She was so thrilled that her room gave her a full glimpse
into their compound.
said to herself.
compound…I mean…who has such large space in their freaking compound?” Rose
went with their sister to the dry-clean today, how come you never said anything
about the journey?”
that the place where they take their clothes to, is that dry-clean in our
estate? The prices are so high and they have some kind of attitude.”
and I was embarrassed that we couldn’t afford the estate one.”
still staring at Zika and Emerald.
aunt’s sudden change of topic.
at our former home! No! I won’t be a pawn for your games.” Rose said angrily.
next year? I need to establish contacts, build database and that’s why I moved
here because back in the other place, we had poor church-rats as neighbours…”
movements…every detail…” Her aunt said with a smile.
and pulled her into her embrace.
loathed them for.
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