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and told them to read it quietly. When the final bell rang, the kids laughed and tramped out into the hallway, copies scattered everywhere. I was struggling with the safety cap on the Valium bottle when Principal Sherwood appeared after school. I thought for sure that she was going to tell me I was fired. Instead she said she wanted me to come back the next day and that Ms. Bullock and Officer Jackson had given my handling of the “Thomas situation” high marks. “With the way our kids are,” she said with a nod, “we need more brothers like you.” She almost patted my hand, but offered a smile instead. *** On the drive home from school, the nigga in my stereo was yelling about how it felt to be a soldier. He told a story about a nigga who was a real nigga. A nigga who went to war with the world. I liked my music loud, but I had never turned the volume so high. The music buzzed the car frame and the voice beat against my ears. I kept a foot on the gas, the concrete rumbling beneath my tires.

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