June 2, 2008

Be Careful of What You Wish For...


Last Wednesday, we lost a fellow inmate. Rem got a call from his school district sometime around 1:00 PM and just like that, he was going back. "I'm out of here," he said after his very brief phone call. Allegations unfounded, EXONERATED of all charges. It was exactly 7 months from the day he had arrived in September. Seven months of sitting and waiting. There was no 3020 or investigation. "They couldn't get one kid to talk- not one kid to back their story". "Rem's leaving us", Geo grunted. There was a quiet moment as many of us stood there in disbelief. As happy as we were for him, come tomorrow morning there would be an empty seat at our table. It was almost as if we felt betrayed. "That's great news. I'm really happy for you," I said. "You'd better not be showing up here again", said Geo. For a second I could see a look of terror in Rem's eyes. There was no real comfort in returning to the "Lion's Den" when you're feeling like a zebra. Anything could happen. God knows, we're living proof. We've all read the news and seen enough. Our stories alone could scare away the whole graduating class at Molloy. Everyone wants to go back, but no one really wants to go back to the way it was----the way it still is. At least here we have each other. You guys out there in the jungle-- you're the ones we feel sorry for. Out of danger- we are- at least, for the moment.

5 comments:

JUSTICE not "just us" said...

I don't know whether to be happy for him or to pity him!

That's the situation we are all in in going back to the trenches.

Urban School Teacher said...

May I be ignorant and ask: "what, exactly, is "the rubber room"? And why are you there?

Fidgety said...

Your question is anything but ignorant. I didn't know about the Rubber Rooms either until I was reassigned by my new Principal who took over my school in September of 2007. She was sent via the "NYCDOE Leadership Academy"- "Instant Principal With No Prior educational experience" (created by the Kleinberg Administration)

I suggest that you read an earlier http://fidgetyteach.blogspot.com/2008/03/like-being-stuck-in-elevator-elbow-to.htmlpost;

--and watch the videos on this site.
Please let me know what you think.

Chaz said...

Good for Rem but don't expect the newspapers to tell his story of seven months in the "rubber room" without charges or proof os misconduct. Hang in there, 93% of the teachers end up back in the classroom.

Fidgety said...

Dear Urban School Teacher... Sorry about the broken link. RubberRoomMovie.com -watch the trailer...