Saturday, January 16, 2010
true story (i have to say this 'cause with all the craziness that goes on in my life, y'all must think i make this shit up. well, i don't):
on thursday of this week, ms. teacher x (not her real name), who teaches next door to me (american literature, ages 15-17), sees a flash go off in her first class of the day. it's early and there are only 5 students in her room.
mx: you cannot take photos of me or of my classroom. you know this. it's in my syllabus. and it's against school rules to have your phone out in class. please delete that picture from your phone at once.
kid: sure, no problem. sorry. there . . . it's deleted.
mx: show me. i want to make sure it's gone. bring me your phone.
kid: sure. here's my phone.
at this point, ms. x takes the kid's phone and scrolls through the photos as the kid watches over her shoulder.
she doesn't find her picture, but she does, suddenly, see a photo of the kid's penis.
yes, the kid's penis.
ms. x summarily clasps the phone shut, thrusts it back into the kid's hand and looks away.
kid: i'm so sorry, ms. x. i forgot that was on there. i'm sorry. i'm sorry. it was for a girl, she asked me to do it.
mx: i understand.
then, she picks up the phone, calls security, who confiscates the phone and escorts the kid down to the dean of discipline, where his parents are called and asked to come to school for a conference with THE WHOLE WORLD.
if that'd been me instead of ms. x, i would've died.
to ms. x's credit, she was calm and composed . . . the consummate professional.
after the kid leaves, the other students ask, "why'd you do that? it was just a picture!"
yeah, JUST a picture that can JUST be photoshopped in JUST about a million different ways . . . some of which could get her fired.
anyway, the kid went back to class yesterday. he was, according to ms. x, good-natured and mature about the whole thing. apologized to her, again. understood why she had to turn him in . . .
i mean, can you imagine if she hadn't?
kid: hey, guys, ms. x saw a picture of my wang . . .
and then the whole thing gets all out of whack.
the moral: if you're gonna take pictures of your privates, make sure you delete them afterwards. hmmm?