A Fight at School

I finally got off my eyeballs and took a peak at my friend, Ethan Angelica’s blog. http://aliengreengorilla.blogspot.com. I highly recommend it for anyone who has done children’s theatre or just likes a great story. Each entry is an adventure and reminded me of days gone by when I did the same. I lamented not having an equivalent amount of adventures to relate so I thought I would post the play my after-school group in the Bronx put together.
I put them in pairs and asked them to write a few scenes. One was a fight between two students with different points of view. The next was with the principal and the parents of the two kids. The last was with two teachers. I then fused them together and streamlined the whole thing. They are going to be performing this at their school and then for a bunch of people at Crash Mansion in Soho on June 7. Parts of this are brilliant.
This year has been a big dose of me learning deeper patience and to manage myself before managing my students. The fact they did anything like this is close to a miracle. I was told last week miracles are all around us if we are open to them.

A Fight at School
By Allique Bellamy, Livan Fernandez, Chris Harcum, Gabrielle Lugo, Amanda Malave, Anthony Marte, Lisvania Valerio, and Mohammed Youssoufou.

Time: The present.
Place: Several locations at PS 156  in the Bronx.
Characters: Narrator, Ms. Torres(a teacher), Ms. Marie(a teacher), Mr. Banner (a principal), Rashawn (a student), April (a student), and Mr. Rivera (April’s father).

Scene One

Narrator
Monday afternoon at PS 156. The principal is having a meeting with the teachers.

Mr. Banner
Ms. Torres and Ms. Marie those parents are so ignorant and they don’t even listen!

Ms. Marie
I can’t believe it. They were so nice. Looks can be so deceiving.

Ms. Torres
That fight was awful. Did they get a good punishment?

Mr. Banner
Huh? Oh, uh, three weeks of detention.

Ms. Torres
I don’t think that’s good enough. They still don’t listen.

Mr. Banner
I know, right?

Ms. Marie
All I care about is that they learn their lesson and get their punishment.

Mr. Banner
They probably didn’t learn a lesson because they’re just like their parents. Ignorant and inattentive.

Ms. Torres
I agree because they don’t listen and they don’t care. You could give them five weeks of detention and they still will be bad.

Ms. Marie
Yup. Sometimes they act like brats. You know they broke a rule. The no fighting rule. That rule should either be taken away or reinforced. You should expel anyone who had more than three fights.

Mr. Banner
Then everyone would be gone.

Ms. Marie
Then get tougher teachers.

Mr. Banner
Alright. You’re FIRED!

Ms. Marie and Ms. Torres
Never mind.

Ms. Marie
Fighting is so bad. Why do kids even do it? I know I never fought when I was a kid.

Mr. Banner
Yes you did. I saw it on your resume.

Ms. Torres
Ha, ha.

Ms. Marie
Don’t make me have to…

Mr. Banner
Ladies, please. Remember we have to set an example. Just because we’re around violence all the time, doesn’t mean we get to be violent. The next time there’s a fight at school, I’ll do something different.
(They exit.)

Scene Two

Narrator
The next day at recess.

Rashawn
You dirty.

April
You.

Rashawn
I heard you was talking about me.

April
I said the truth. You keep bullying people.

Rashawn
So.

April
You break in lines.

Rashawn
So.

April
You spray water everywhere.

Rashawn
No. Sometimes. That’s right. That’s right.

April
You steal things.

Rashawn
I do not.

April
That Playstation.

Rashawn
Oh yeah.

April
And you don’t know how to talk things out. You just start fights because you think you’re the toughest kid in school.

Rashawn
You’re a scaredy cat. You look like a cat and you smell like a big rat.

April
You.

Rashawn
Your mom is a dirty dog that eats from the garbage.

April
Your dad is a rat that is mad from peanut butter and poison.

Rashawn
Pop off! You mad dirty.

April
You’re so stupid and you’re family’s so stupid, when you go to detention, it’s a family reunion.

Narrator
So it was on. Fists were thrown. Hair was pulled. Stomachs were punched. Boom. Bam. Slap. Pow. A crowd gathered around until…

Mr. Banner
Break it up. Both of you know there is a no fighting rule at this school.

April
He started it like he always does.

Rashawn
She did because she started talking about my family.

April
Unh-uh. You called me dirty.

Rashawn
No I didn’t.

April
Yes you did. I was minding my own business.

Rashawn
Yeah being dirty.

April
You!!!

Mr. Banner
Enough, both of you. You are going to go to the safe room.
April
Oh my god! I didn’t do nothin’.

Rashawn
See what you did. I’m in trouble because of you.

Mr. Banner
And I am going to get your parents here.

Rashawn
You wait until I get you outside of school.

April
Go ahead.

Mr. Banner
I want you both to be quiet until your parents get here. Let’s go.

Narrator
The safe room was busy that day and Mr. Bohlke had another conference with parents.

Scene Three

Mr. Rivera
April never has a problem like this. She was just defending herself.

Mr. Banner
But if April has an issue with people that doesn’t mean she defends herself by fighting.

Ms. Marie
My Rashawn never gets into fights. He’s a model student at this school. I should know. I teach here.

Mr. Rivera
You’re either blind or stupid. Your son is an animal.

Ms. Marie
You’re saying my son is not normal? He has two hands and two feet and he’s human.

Mr. Rivera
I brought April up to ignore things or to talk things out. She tells people how she feels.
Mr. Banner
I can tell you both that they were physically fighting when I found them.

Ms. Torres
I brought Rashawn and April here Mr. Bohlke.

Mr. Banner
Thank you Ms. Torres. We have to figure out how to end the violence here at school.

Mr. Rivera
What do you say April?

April
I’m sorry but he started it.

Rashawn
She said she’s sorry so she must’ve started it, Mom.

April
I did not.

Rashawn
See, she still dirty.

Ms. Marie
Rashawn! You don’t talk like that. When I get you home, I’m going to beat you purple.

Mr. Banner
Stop. All this anger and fighting is hurting my brain. I’ve spilled my coffee twice today. I’m giving them both three weeks suspension. And both the parents are going to write a five hundred word essay on what causes fighting.

Mr. Rivera and Ms. Marie
That’s not fair!

Ms. Marie
I’ll call my union.

Mr. Rivera
I’ll call my lawyer.

Ms. Marie
This is your child’s fault.

Mr. Rivera
You. I’ll come over there and…I’m not going to say it now.

Mr. Banner
Ok. All the adults outside. We’re going to settle this so we can be an example for the kids.

(The adults exit.)

April
Adults look silly when they fight.

Rashawn
For real. How are we going to make them stop?

April
I don’t know but we have to do something.

(pause)

Rashawn
You want to get some ice cream?

April
Ok.

End of play

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