Thursday, February 19, 2009
The Beginnings of My Dislike Affair
Someone from another school, reading this blog figured out who Terence really is. This person came to the conclusion, from reading this blog that I really hated Terence. This is not exactly true. Hate is a very strong word and there are very few people in this world, that I have met, that I actually hate. I don't hate Mr. AP and. I don't hate ex-Principal Suit. Strongly dislike would be a more suitable term.
Let me explain the beginnings of my problems with Terence. I know, he is retired and I should let it go but the blog posts are still around and my feelings need clarifications. I don't even strongly dislike a person without justification.
It all started a few years ago when Zvi, stole a final exam. Zvi was a poor student who did no work. He never wanted to take advantage of his resource room status so I never sent exams to resource room early. On the day of the exam, he came to me and asked for the exam so he could take it early. Not wanting to be in violation of the law, and being in the trailer far from his class, I put the exam in a sealed envelope, signed my name across the seal and told him to bring it to his resource class. This was standard practice at the time. His teacher would open the exam, supervise him while he took it and then return it to me later on in the day.
Something did not sit right with me so when I finally had a free period I found the other teacher involved. Zvi never came to her with the exam. I went to the dean's office to report the exam stolen. After many hours and many confrontations with Zvi, he returned the exam to me, in an envelope with a forged signature across the seal. It was so obviously forged. My name was spelled incorrectly.
I took the unopened envelope to Terence. I was sure Zvi would be severely dealth with. But alas, that was not so. It seems Zvi had a very pretty mother who knew just what to say to win Terence over to her side. Zvi was let go with a slap on the wrist as he promised to toe the line from now on.
I tried to pursue the incident. Terence tried to turn the whole thing around and blame me. He claimed I should never have given the exam to the student in the first place. (Now resource room teachers are being inconvenienced because I will no longer give exams to students, even trustworthy ones). Not wanting to be guilty of a misconduct, I let the issue go.
A year later, Zvi did the same thing to another teacher. Terence looked at me and said "Don't say I told you so." I looked at him and repeated those exact words.
And so began my dislike affair with Terence.