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With the help of my ubiquitous, clandestine informants i have learned that the mayor has told the fire chief to catch me with chains on the doors. They want to prosecute me and get me out of here. The security guards are our first line of defense. If you see the fire chief, stop him at the gates. Call in code on your walkie-talkies. We will repeat code on the p.a. System. All teachers and guards have keys to the exit doors. When you hear code , proceed to your assigned door and remove the chains. Guards, resume your posts. Ms. Levias, take over. Tell those kids in my office to meet me here th period. How did it go? It’s under control. I have the progress report on the reading program. I thought you’d like to hear it. I would like to hear it. I’d also like to hear the kids in my office, and mr. Rosenberg, and dr. Napier. I can’t be different places at the same time. Maybe my vice principal can do something without me for once. Mr. Clark. I’ll help you th period. Excuse me. Good night, mr. Clark. Good night. Mr. Clark. Yes, ms. Levias. May i talk to you for a minute, please? What do you want? I want you to transfer me. To where? Out of here. This doesn’t surprise me. I’ve sensed resistance in you since our very first meeting. You’re an egomaniacal windbag. Who you talking to? You! You like to whip people who can’t fight back. I thought i could take it because i had a father in the same kind of pain that makes you such a bastard, but i was wrong. Life is much too short. I will not endure you any longer. The only reason i haven’t walked out and half the staff with me is because those children need us. You’re so busy talking discipline, you forget to educate. What the hell do you think i’ve been doing here? You cleaned it up. That was easy. Those children want to be helped. They’ve done everything we’ve asked, but i feel sorry for them. They’re not ready to take that test. What the hell are you talking about? I have done everything- i. It is always i. There are teachers here. You don’t do it alone. I don’t have to listen to these accusations. Youwilllisten! All right, ms. Levias, go ahead and talk. You’ve been flapping your mouth, and you haven’t heard a thing. You haven’t seen what’s painfully obvious. I’ll tell you what- no, let me finish! Everybody here may not like you, but we all applaud your effort. What you don’t understand is the same people who support you are the ones you’re beating up! You don’t even say thank you. You just constantly abuse them, criticize them. What the hell do you want from me? I want you to get this straight. Most of the teachers are here because they care about those children, this school, this fight. They’re in it with you. They take it home the same as you. They are part of those children’s lives. You are thoughtless and cruel, and it hurts. And none of them deserve it. They are sick of it, and so am i. Ms. Levias. What’s this? The transfer you asked for. All right, people. Here we are. This is the day. In one hour, you’re going to take an exam administered by the state to test your basic skills and the quality of education at eastside high. And i want to tell you what the people out there are saying about you and what they think about your chances. They say you are inferior. Come on! Come on! Come on! Come on! “You are just a bunch of niggers and spics and poor white trash.” “Education is wasted on you.” “You cannot learn!” You’re lost! I mean all of you. I want all the white students to stand up. All my white students, stand up. Come on. Stand up. Stand up. That’s it. Come on, stand up. These are my white children, and they’re the same as all of you. They’ve got no place to go. Otherwise, they would have abandoned us a long time ago, but they couldn’t. So here they are at eastside, just like the rest of us. You can sit down. Are you getting my point, people? Yes! Is it sinking in? Yes! We sink, we swim. We rise, we fall. We meet our fate together! Now, it took the help of a good, good friend to make me know and understand that, and i do understand it, and i’m grateful. I’m eternally grateful.