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I used the seating chart to do attendance and then I looked at the lesson plan. The whole day was scripted to the half hour. I figured it might be better to stick to the schedule for now and try to teach the lesson I really wanted to teach later in the day. We had already missed the first twenty minutes of their math lesson, but I passed out the worksheets on word problems anyway. “I don’t know how to do this,” yelled Thomas in the front row, slamming the paper down on his desk. “That’s why you in school for, dummy.” Latresha rolled her eyes and patted down a strand of loose hair. “Bitch, you better shut up before I come over there and backhand your ass,” he said. “Bitch?” she said. “Who is you calling a bitch, nigga? You think you tough, but don’t let me get my cousin to come back up here and knock your ass out, again.” The class oooed once again and I went over to Thomas. “Come on, Brother,” I said. “You got to go.” I put my arm on his shoulder and he shook it off violently. “What?” said Thomas. “Don’t be trying to touch me. I didn’t even say nothing to that little trick. She always trying to start with me.” “I don’t know who you trying to call a little trick,” said Latresha. “I’ll come over there and show you a trick.” Thomas rose sullenly from his desk and I thought for a second he might try to make a run at Latresha, but looking at her again, I realized that she wasn’t the kind of girl to pick a fight with. She was wiry and looked ready for battle. Thomas passed her and flinched like he was going to strike. She continued scribbling on her worksheet, unafraid. “Punk ass,” she whispered. Thomas sulked after me out the door.

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