The Principal Chronicles

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I’m asked by a student’s mother and the police to search her son’s locker. I’d say, “You’ll never guess what I found.” but that would be an understatement. I may be the only principal in history to find what I found that day.

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The expression “kids these days” is usually meant as an insult of the younger generation. While there may sometimes be some validity to the insult, it’s also true that, almost always, the younger generation grows up to become fine adults.

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Shukri was one of the finest students I ever had the opportunity to work with. This story shows the respect that students, even those far older than she was, had for her.

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The author meets, and deals with, two members of biker gangs. They went by the nicknames Flame and Chopper. You’ve got to wonder how someone earns a nickname like one of those, don’t you?

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While most schools have to deal with the occasional sparrow or starling getting into the building, most never have to deal with wild turkeys.

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Every high school the author worked in had mice. While the traps caught many of them, they never caught them all. Each year that led to some… excitement.

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The author gives a tour of his high school to a retired bishop. At the very end of the tour, five young men ask the bishop and me who one of their friend looks like. “Who does this guy look like?”

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The Science Dep’t Head brings her kids to school and makes sure I don’t find out until the end of the day, because she’s concerned I might get in trouble for having them there.

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Two students find a stray puppy out front of the school and try to talk the author into watching it for the day until they can bring it to one of their homes.

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