Cranks My Tractor

Published: Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 10:37 AM.

I stammered and mumbled and started thinking about that Alicia Keys song.  You know the one – “This girl is on fire, This girl is on fire, etc.”

I had to leave the classroom after realizing this particular student had the gall to be using one of those electronic smoking things right in the middle of class.  Honestly, it looked like one of long stemmed cigarette holders that Cruella de Vil used in the movie, “The Hundred and One Dalmatians.”

I guess this could be considered a “fictitious fire.”

Over these last few days, I had been worrying about smoke and fire and being thankful my friends were ok.  Now, I had this student in my classroom on fire – or at least smoke coming out of her head.

I’m pretty sure between my expression and my stammering and my walking out of the classroom to compose myself – this student understood that it wasn’t a good idea to be doing that in the classroom.

We live in a time when nothing is supposed to shock us anymore.  Folks want to redefine “normal” and what is acceptable.

After checking the policies to see if this was against the rules, I found that there was nothing specifically against it.   There was also nothing specifically against bringing your pet alligator or boa constrictor into the classroom.

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