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Bookie’s Dream, Old Faithful and Chewing Gum – Part4/4

30 Jan

The biggest part of the day supervisor’s job was to drive a flatbed electric cart around the school starting at 6:00 AM and paint out fresh, overnight graffiti.

Then Bookie’s Dream loaded the empty trashcans to place them where kids congregated at lunch.

However, spitting out gum, getting rid of empty soda bottles and greasy bags of French fries was too much of an effort for most of our students to put in trash cans, so the school was usually littered.


In Japan, the students clean the classrooms and the schools.

Back in my classroom after school, I wore out the knees in my blue jeans crawling around the classroom floor scraping gum off that crap-colored carpet.

Mr. D, who supervised after school detentions and Saturday schools, attempted solving the litter problem by taking the high students that earned detentions and make them clean the campus instead of sitting around watching a clock.

One of the kids complained to his or her mommy or daddy, who complained to the district office. The district office then called the principal.

The result–Mr. D. was told to stop making the students serving detention to work as if they were custodians. It  was considered cruel and unusual punishment. Discover Wyoming Park Students Expelled for Vandalism.

Return to Bookie’s Dream, Old Faithful and Chewing Gum – Part 3 or start with Part 1

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Lloyd Lofthouse is the award-winning author of the concubine saga, My Splendid Concubine & Our Hart. When you love a Chinese woman, you marry her family and culture too.

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