It’s Been 16 Years And I’ll Never Get Over My Central School Suspension
It was always right around this time my parents would ask each other, "What idiotic things will Jimmy be doing at school this year?"
I was never a "bad" kid, I went to school every day, and I like to think most of my teachers enjoyed having me in class, but I was notorious for hitting someone in the head with a thrown crayon, or typing "boobs.com" in the search engine of the classroom computers. I didn't go to school to learn, I went to school to laugh and have conversations with friends. This is why I did many childish-asinine things that frequently made the principal "call home".
I should clarify, most of these things happened in elementary school. I like to think I somewhat matured in intermediate and high school... but not really. I had a 1.4 GPA heading into my senior year, if it wasn't for my English teacher Mr. Johnson saying, "You would be good doing radio and TV", I would probably be sleeping in a dumpster somewhere... Thank you, Mr. Johnson!
I can't get off track, this article is about me getting suspended in 5th grade. The year was 2005 and I was a student at Central School in Wall Township.
One random day, after running around like a crazy person on the playground for recess, I was called into the principal's office. At that point, my life was never going to be the same. Seconds into being interrogated by the principal, I got suspended from Central School. I was suspended for "Saying dirty words and using inappropriate hand gestures." The suspension was 24 hours but my 5th-grade self thought the world was ending. I started packing my bags when I got home, I thought I was going to be sent away.
You might ask, what dirty words was I saying, and what inappropriate hand gestures was I performing? To be honest, I don't remember, I actually don't think I said or did anything wrong. I think it was a total set up by the entire Central School administration. It was all hearsay! Literally, this principal was getting his facts from my 5th-grade peers?!
Don't get me wrong, there were a few things I deserved to get in trouble for but inappropriate hand gestures?!? I WAS IN 5TH GRADE!! YOU GOTTA BE KIDDING ME?!
For some reason, whether it was true or not, I felt like the Central School principal was always out to get me. It was probably 5th-grade paranoia. That being said, this principle was a total tool that was eventually found bullying other teachers and aides. He was unceremoniously relieved of his duties a few years ago.
I hope you and your family have a safe and successful school year! Wishing all the teachers, students, and parents a great year.
P.S. - I still don't know what that hand gesture was the principal flashed at me... unbelievable!