It is the week before TAKS. (I can hear the jaws theme in my head when I think of this dumb test.)
Needless to say, stress is running high for principals, teachers and students. Today, I was reviewing a TAKS reading passage with a group at my table when another child ran up to me and reported,"Ms. Waggoner! __________ and ____________ said a really bad word!" (I'm going to leave the names of these sweet and innocent girls a secret.)
I didn't really believe that these two accused could have done something of that nature, but I continued with, "And, what word was that?"
The responsible reporter answered,"A-S-S-H-O-L-E".
I nodded and planned to investigate later, though I didn't think it really happened.
I pulled the girls in question into the hallway and began my interrogation.
"Girls, I am receiving reports that you have said an inappropriate word. Why am I hearing that?"
Wide eyes, and silence. THEY WERE GUILTY!
"Did you say it?" I pushed.
"Why did you feel compelled to say something like that?" I was curious now.
Then, one fessed up, "We decided...that if we could say that word... that we would be real women."
LOL... the question is, are YOU a real woman?