Dawn Reader

Dawn Reader
from Open Door Coffee Co.; Hudson, OH; Oct. 26, 2016

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Spoon River Middle School: 57

Mercury Swift

Official Report

Michael Jumper was in the Office right after home room.  He said he needed to see the principal.  Right now.  Mrs. Keyz tried to stall him—told him to make an appointment—but Michael (I’d never seen him so … excited? upset?) just ignored her and walked right in Mr. Leeder’s office!
He closed the door behind him.  But still I could hear Mr. Leeder’s loud voice: “Michael, what are you—?”
But that’s as far as he got.  I heard Michael’s voice—but no words—and then it got very quiet.
Then Mr. Leeder came rushing out, Michael right behind him—and down the halls they ran.

Andee St. Cloud

Note in File

Well, Mr. Leeder and Michael, all out of breath, come breaking right into English class.  (I was glad I left my * in my locker.)  Then Mr. Leeder grabs a chair, takes it over by Mr. Stratford’s cabinet, steps up on the chair.  He sees something because I hear him say, “Oh, God!
But whatever it is, I can’t see it ’cause he turns his back and slips whatever it is into his coat pocket.
Then him and Michael go running off down the hall again.
And then, pretty soon, I see outside the window, I see police cars pulling up.  A mess of them.  No sirens, no lights—so … something not all that serious, I figure.

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