Solving the Sparkplug Caper

26 Feb

Thanks to Sauron, I carted the surveillance system home where it was shelved and powerless.  I considered using it to watch my driveway and front door but was too depressed to install it. 

After my anger and depression faded a bit, I had another idea.  I called the auto shop teacher and explained my problem with the sparkplugs.  He said someone had been stealing sparkplugs from the shop.  They had been vanishing from the supply cabinet.

I asked if he would cross check the roster from my class with his classes and see if he could come up with a match. Bingo, he came up with two names.  When the auto shop teacher confronted the two, they denied everything.

Next step.  I went to the office and checked their schedules. Both, it turned out, were in baseball, so I called their coach.  He didn’t ask them if they were doing it. He just told them they would be tossed off the team if the sparkplugs kept flying. Problem solved without help from Sauron.


Who would have ever guessed that teachers had to become Sherlock Holmes too?

Missed the first episode in the Sparkplug Caper –

Or you are a teacher in need of sharpening your sleuthing talents –


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2 responses to “Solving the Sparkplug Caper

  1. Nannett

    October 19, 2015 at 05:46

    Wow, teachers have to deal with children doing things like this. I had no idea it could get that bad.

    • Lloyd Lofthouse

      October 19, 2015 at 07:44

      And it can get worse. I knew teachers who were knocked out by one of their students when the teacher tried to break up a fight in her classroom. I was threatened by gang members almost every year when one would ask me what I’d do if they jumped me, but thankfully, the gangs never carried out the threat. But thousands of public school teachers in the U.S. every year are physically attacked by students and the media doesn’t report it, but most of the corporate controlled media doesn’t miss a change to bash teachers and blame them for anything that makes the public schools look bad.


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