September 27, 2021 │Room 262 │English 1

The new girl, Melissa Martin, committed the cardinal sin of bringing a wooden pencil to class. However, pencil wasn’t the problem; it was the eraser. Mrs. Campbell is allergic to rubber, and she has no qualms about making that known. The pencil in question was confiscated.

October 7, 2021 │Room 262 │English 1

Melissa Martin was late for class again. This time by a literal minute; however, Mrs. Campbell had already marked her absent and adamantly refused to amend this in the system. With this being her third unexcused “absence”, Melissa Martin was given detention.

Melissa, along with other members of our class, argued that this treatment was unfair. Mrs. Campbell ordered everyone to be quiet and threatened all of us with write-ups of our own.

October 14, 2021 │Room 262 │English 1

Today Mrs. Campbell called on Melissa Martin to answer a discussion question regarding A Tale of Two Cities. Melissa was unable to do this however because she, like most freshmen, habitually neglected the reading. This sent Mrs. Campbell into a rage, though I suspect Melissa may merely be a scapegoat for outside frustrations; the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back.

I do not recall the exact term Mrs. Campbell used, only that it made it Melissa Martin cry. Several of our peers found this behavior deplorable and reported the incident to higher administration.

January 12, 2022 │Cafeteria │Lunch

As the sun shines and the sky is blue, so too is Mrs. Campbell consistent. Today she bought lunch in the cafeteria and happened to stand behind Melissa Martin in line. Melissa was short on funds for her meal and though the lunch staff was more than willing to accommodate her, Mrs. Campbell intercepted this gesture with a speech about preparedness and life lessons.

Subsequently, Melissa Martin was asked to return her entrée and dined only on a serving of broccoli and milk. Mrs. Campbell described this as a “lesson well served” and tapped my arm as if for approval.

Her shirt sleeve caused my fruit cup to tilt and spill its contents over my tray.

February 8, 2022 │Room 262 │English 1

Carla Campbell prefers tea over coffee. No sugar, but about a ¾ tablespoon of milk. She is left-handed by nature but tends to favor her right when performing complex tasks like driving.

Her car is a gray 2003 Corolla; faded, rusting, and with clear damage to the right bumper. It has 64,431 miles on the odometer. Regardless of the date of purchase, it’s clear Carla Campbell doesn’t get out much.

She likes loose-leaf tea, preferring its “authenticity”, and keeps a tin of her favorite blend in the top drawer on the left side of her desk. In the bottom drawer sits a plastic bag full of confiscated pencils.

March 3, 2022 │Room 262 │English 1

Today I spoke to Melissa Martin for the first time. She asked if I’d heard about Mrs. Campbell.

Apparently, Melissa Martin is annoying.

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