Author – jman
It was the afternoon of the shoe auction. On a table sat 50 pairs of shoes. There were sneakers, cowboy boots, work boots, deck shoes, skate shoes and flats in all sizes that had been forfeited to the school for such things as being late or unprepared for class, running in the halls, being disruptive or wearing street shoes on the gym floor.
The students filed into the gym. Some, in sock feet, came to see their shoes going to new owners. Others came in hoping to get a good deal on a pair of shoes. The first pair to be auctioned off were Scott’s cowboy boots that he lost for spitting on another student. Ryan finally got them for $65.00. As he took them from the table he held them in his hands and raised them up high as he walked past Scott. Unfortunately, the next week, Ryan got mouthy with a teacher and lost them.
The next pair to be auctioned off were Alex’s red and black sneakers. Matt was the firs to bid on them. Matt really wanted those sneakers bad. In fact he taunted Alex in class to get Alex in trouble so Alex would lose his sneakers. Yes, Matt lost his own shoes in the process but it was worth it because now Alex’s shoes were up for auction. (Students often tried to get other people in trouble so they would lose their shoes, especially if it was a pair they really liked.) Yet, Matt was told that because his shoes were also in the auction that he could not bid, Matt was furious because his plan to get Alex’s shoes backfired and now his shoes were gone. Alex’s shoes went for $110. Next Matt’s sneakers were auctioned off and went for $80. As was the practice. The new owner of the shoes raised the shoes in his hands as we walked past the former owner.
Next to be sold were Rick’s old beat-up white sneakers that were almost falling apart. Rick sat there in his grey socked feet and said to the person next to him, “They should actually pay someone to take those shoes.” But someone did take them for $10.
The auction went on and the rest of the forfeited shoes were sold to the highest bidder. The shoe auction brought in $3200.
And now the week was over. Will the students follow the rules next week or will more shoes be lost?