5.09.2006

Nothing rhymes with "orange"

Ricardo announced to the class today that there are no words that rhyme with the word "orange." (Impressive, right?) As it goes, this prompted a slew of thought, which I promoted, because my students were genuinely interested in seeing if this were true. I was trying to think of any slant rhymes, while others brainstormed through each letter of the alphabet. In the course of all this, Ray called Ricardo a dummy... and to my surprise, Ricardo had very little reaction. He simply said "No, I am right about this. I have been thinking about it for a long time, and I know that there is nothing that rhymes with orange."

So, we went on with our work, with an occasional student giving out a possible "roaring rhymes" with the response "no, it doesn't" and on with our work. Suddenly, Ricardo stood up with a box of individually wrapped cereal bowl saved from breakfast and walked to Georges desk. He then peeled open the box, and dumped the contents out inside Georges desk. Everyone seemed in a bit of disbelief, and George, sitting at the other end of the room at the time had little reaction. Ricardo just said that he did it because "I know that it is something no one else has ever thought to do." To this I replied, "that might be true, but that doesn't make it a good choice to make."

Ricardo went back to his seat, sat down and continued to work as if nothing had happened. About 5 minutes later, Ricardo got up, unprovolked, and began punching Ray in the stomach, chest, and back as hard as he could... uncontrollably. Ray didn't even fight back, he just dropped his arms to try to protect himself. Ricardo got in about 10 good punches before Ray fell to his knees, clenching his teeth, grabbing his stomach and crying. I sent for security of course, and the nurse thinks Ray might have a couple broken ribs. Before security got to the classroom, Ricardo went back to his work, silently, as if nothing had happened.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

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5/18/2006 9:24 AM  

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