Dramatic, by Ken Bradbury, 2000

A dramatic, emotional encounter between a school trouble-maker and the Head-Master.

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8 - 10 minutes

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An excerpt …

(The teacher comes to the headmaster of the school.)

REINGOLD: The Peterson boy, sir.  I've quite run out of options.  I'm sorry to bother you with this again, but ...

MAYFIELD: Is he out there?

REINGOLD: I cannot abide having him in my classroom another day, sir.

MAYFIELD: He's hard, isn't he?  He was brought to us a filthy pile of rags, Reingold.  Deserted by his mother ... We are the last stop, Sir.  There are no other options for the boy.  If he cannot succeed at Whitton then there's nothing but the workhouse for him.  You know that, Sir.

(The lad’s latest action.)

REINGOLD: Peterson bashed young Wilson's head against the concrete abutment, sir.  Repeatedly, sir.  The boy was screaming for mercy but James would not relent.  Young Wilson lies in the infirmary in grave condition.  It was a murderous act, Sir.  Murderous.

MAYFIELD: And what have you to say for yourself, Mr. Peterson?

JAMES: ‘E deserved it!

(The headmaster decides to take the punishment for him.)

MAYFIELD: The world has beaten you beyond any feeble attempts of mine, young man.  You know the meaning of hate ... and of retribution and vengeance ... I think it's time someone taught you grace.  Reingold, take the belt. (he hands Reingold the belt and begins to roll up his own sleeves) Here.  On my hands.

REINGOLD: Sir, what are you ...?

MAYFIELD: On my hands, Reingold.  MY hands.

JAMES: 'Ere now ... what's this? 

MAYFIELD: How many lashes would you assign to this crime, James?


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