My first step after talking to Janet was to make sure both of them came to my class after school. We talked again and he admitted to me what had happened but stuck to his story that he managed to fight his way free, get some clothes and escape the house.
That’s when I called the ninth grade counselor to see if she was free, and I walked him and Janet to her office where we had a meeting. After I reported what I knew and Macario admitted that’s what happened, I left that meeting to fill out the proper form, which went to the principal.
The principal at that time was an unpopular ogre and not popular with the teaching staff. Since he’d been running the school, many teachers had found jobs in other school districts and left to work elsewhere. We even lost a few of our vice principals due to the ogre.
He was one of those administrators that believed teachers were responsible for everything and blamed them for students not studying, misbehaving, failing, not reading—you name it and it was the teacher’s fault.
In short, he was an ogre idiot that spent more time criticizing teachers and writing them up than anything else he did. I half suspected he would blame what happened to Macario on me in some way. That’s how twisted he seemed to be.
That ogre idiot called Macario into his office the next day.
A few days later, I asked Macario for an update. He said after he talked to the principal, the ogre idiot (my words) dismissed the case and said to go back to class.
I met with the ogre idiot and asked him why he was not following up. By then, more than a week had gone by since the sexual assault, and the ogre idiot told me he thought Maracaro was lying to get attention.
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