Of Slugs III

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Definitions for slug used in the junior high school stories here.
any of numerous chiefly terrestrial pulmonate gastropods (order Stylommatophora) that are found in most parts of the world where there is a reasonable supply of moisture and are closely related to the land snails but are long and wormlike and have only a rudimentary shell often buried in the mantle or entirely absent.
The junior high school where these things happened won’t be mentioned, but as I implied before, but for different reasons, many teaching days at the junior high were as gut wrenching as teaching Top Secret procedures in the Army Security Agency.

It was near the end of first lunch and those students were transitioning to class while second lunch students were leaving class. The shop classroom was separated from the main building by a driveway and parking lot, so from my office window, I had a good view of the transition routes.

One of the students in my class was called Pudge by nearly everyone, including his father and most teachers at school. He seemed to accept the nickname, but I couldn’t get into that. I used his given name Paul.[mfn]Both the nickname and given name used here are to make real ID difficult.[/mfn]

I saw a crowd gathering and heard shouting near the main building entry. My experience told me, “fight!”

I don’t remember the taunting phrases I heard as I got to the randomly spaced circle of students, but ‘Pudge’ was included in some of the shouts. I orally separated the surrounding students and Paul was alone on the sidewalk. I asked, “what’s going on?”

Before he could answer, a girl said, “Pudge just grossed everyone out by eating a slug.”

I turned to Paul. He pointed to several snickering boys and said, “they gave me $5.00 to do it!”

I took him to the school nurse, and he spent the rest of the day in her office under her supervision. He didn’t get sick. Every now and then, I heard, “hey Pudge, you want to make some extra money?” And several times someone wrote Escargot on the menu posted in the lunchroom.

I don’t think he did it again.

I am saving ‘taking a hit[mfn]slug[/mfn] in the classroom’ for Of Slugs IV.

Several years ago I read an interesting book about life in the classroom – Learn Me Good by John Pearson. Then I read the sequel Learn Me Gooder. Like he did with those two, I’ve embellished a little and used composite characters. My however is, each event actually happened.

From Nescient Decoy: “The decoys appear to be calm and moving only with the wind-ripples,” he said, “so the flying birds watch them instead of what’s in the shooting blind before landing where they perceive it to be safe. Did you notice how the birds circled the pond before landing?” As I remember, I hadn’t noticed.