Author – Shoeless Guy
The school had two new teachers, both 25 and fresh out of University. A class of 15 year olds where taking advantage of one of them, Mr Johnson. He wasn’t going to allow their disruptive behaviour to continue and ordered Noah and Ryan, the ringleaders, to stand in separate corners with hands on their heads, the rest of the class had to write lines of ‘I must respect teachers at all times’ for the whole lesson. The new teacher kept reminding both boys “In here you obey the rules” much to their humiliation especially as their arms were aching with their hands constantly on their heads. Before leaving everyone got extra homework. The two ringleaders where told to spend lunchtime writing out the same lines and bring them to him after lunch. Mr Johnson let both boys know he took great pleasure in disciplining them, much to their dismay. He’d now gained great confidence asserting his authority over pupils. Leaving the classroom Noah told Ricky of his dislike to the new teacher and would rather spend lunchtime in the Sin Bin than writing out lines.
Each lunchtime period, Mr Johnson and Mr Steel, the other new teacher, had been visiting activities to help them integrate quicker. Today they spotted Noah and Ricky waiting outside the old gym with three others, Shane, Ryan and Steve the Prefect. Unaware of the Sin Bin, Mr Johnson wanted to know why Noah and Ricky were not doing their punishment. The Prefect told them they’d been disruptive and would be spending lunchtime in the Sin Bin as punishment. Out of curiosity and to also ensure both boys weren’t evading his punishment, MrJohnson demanded to see inside the Sin Bin. Steve refused as it would undermine the Prefects authority having teachers present. The refusal made Mr Johnson more insistant telling Steve as a teacher he could do as he wanted. Disliking the teachers arrogance he told him “The Headteacher created the rules, go speak with him, until then prefects and pupils only”. Ben arrived and unlocked the door, Steve explained the situation to him. “You should know the importance of rules” said Ben “No teachers in the Sin Bin”.
Johnson wasn’t backing down, determined to make sure Noah and Ricky weren’t getting one over on him, “We’ll enter with the pupils, you won’t notice us” he said. “But your still teachers” said Ben. “Forget that we’re teachers” insisted Mr Steel. “You will have to follow the Sin Bin rules, are you really sure?” said Ben. Both teachers unaware of the rules, agreed. Mr Johnson told everyone “We’ll just be students once we’re inside”. Without hesitation Steve snapped a photo of both naive teachers. Mr Steel’s phone rang, “Sorry I need to take this” he said as he wandered off down the corridor. Everyone including Mr Johnson followed the prefects inside. “You know the rules” said Ben. Mr Johnson watched as the pupils removed their shoes. Ryan protested being there. Steve told him he had been argumentative about Shane attending again. Eventually all the pupils where sat on the floor in their socked feet except the teacher. Ben informed the teacher of the shoe confiscation rule. Mr Johnson insisted he wasn’t here for punishment just observation, therefore he wasn’t taking his shoes off and decided to leave. “You cannot leave” said Ben.
“As a teacher I think I can do as I please” he replied arrogantly.
Shane shouted “Everyone has to follow the rules even though your supposedly not teachers but students whilst in here”.
Steve reiterated “Yes you insisted that you’re not a teacher in here”. Noah shouted “What did you say in class earlier Sir, In here you obey the rules”. Steve reminded him that disobedient students details and photos would be emailed to all teachers. ‘That would be more embarrassing than giving up his shoes’ he thought as he stared at the Prefects.
“Are you going to obey and give me your shoes?” asked Ben. Mr Johnson sat on the floor, he could feel everyone staring at him as he unlaced and removed his shoes. He stood up and couldn’t help feeling like a naughty schoolboy as he handed his shoes to Ben. The prefect looked at the still warm shoes, black Kickers, not smart dress shoes. “Trainers must be sent to the Headteachers office for confiscation”. Mr Johnson was confident that his threat was empty, he followed an order to go sit at the back of the gym, Noah and Ricky grinned as he walked past them in his black socked feet. He sat as far out of sight as he could.
Mr Steel eventually entered the Sin Bin. “Sorry about that, I am here now. Where is my colleague?”
“Sat at the back” said Ben. He proceeded to walk towards his colleague. “Stop” shouted Ben, “Get back here”. Mr Steel turned and glared at Ben. “How dare you speak to a teacher like that” he said.
“Remember you’re not a teacher in here” said Ben. Mr Steel looked at his colleague sitting on the floor in socked feet, “We agreed to follow the rules” said Mr Johnson rather sheepishly.
“Get back here Steel and take off your shoes”
The teacher looked down at his feet and without hesitation removed his black shoes and handed them to Ben. As with his colleague, he was told his shoes looked like trainers and should be sent to the headteacher. Although embarrassed having his shoes confiscated it excited him, reminding him of his school years. He thought his days of being in his socks were over but here he was liking his shoeless state. Ben placed the teachers shoes next to Johnson’s confiscated footwear on the desk. He walked to the back of the gym and sat next to his shoeless colleague as the pupils stared with delight. Mr Johnson told him how embarrassed he was. “Bloody students taking our shoes” he said. Mr Steel told him that he shouldn’t of been so persistent in entering the Sin Bin. “Rules are rules” he said as he secretly enjoyed his shoe punishment and that of his colleagues shoeless embarrassment. Ben reminded everyone of the rules of silence.
The Headteacher entered, both teachers hid behind some gym equipment to avoid further embarrassment. The Head picked up the box of shoes, noticing the trainers on the desk he said “Those for my office?, they will never learn!” He picked up the teacher’s shoes and placed them in the box, he left as quick as he came. The two teachers sat at the back of the Sin Bin in their socked feet unaware that their boss had just taken way their shoes.
To be continued.