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Published by Barbara Marquardt
A teacher abused by a student and locked up in a closet for the Christmas holidays finds herself blamed for the incident.
A teacher abused by a student and locked up in a closet for the Christmas holidays finds herself blamed for the incident.

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Published by: Barbara Marquardt on Dec 13, 2010
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 byBarbara Marquardt
 page 2BashedFor all the slandered teacherscopyright 2009
 page 3BashedChapter 1Jean Kosciuszko stood waiting outside her door, monitoring the hall as all teachers wereexpected to do during the four minutes of passing time between classes. It was the last period of the day on the last day before a two week Christmas break, and the hall was empty and quiet. No other teachers stood on duty, but that was not unusual.The silence suggested that the whole school might already be empty of students. Even onnormal days, eighth period seemed to exist to be cut, but the halls would still be full of kids attheir lockers or on the roam, looking for trouble. Today the absence of a single sound wasalmost eerie. Jean wondered if the other teachers were even around, or if they'd found some wayto leave early. Since the school had stopped using signatures for attendance, she’d often noticedsome teachers running more than one ID card through the machine that took attendance. Sinceshe didn’t join the cliques that went drinking after school or partied on weekends, she was, likeother loners on the faculty, out of the loop when it came to knowing how practice differed from policy.Leaving early was dishonest, but in her mind it implied nothing about how hard a teacher was working; everybody put in many hours at home, giving evenings, weekends, vacation time,always looking for something that would work better. Nobody could survive in the classroom

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