At home, my parents said nothing to me.
They already knew.
The principal called them,
told them everything.
A ten-day suspension
was more than enough punishment for me.
My own parents know
I’m one of those dorks who loves school,
who can’t stand to be away from it.
I kept wondering what Lindsey thought.
Did she get in trouble, too?
After all, she started the fight.
No. I started it. I walked over to her
because Gary’s words thrummed through my head.
Defeatist attitudes never won battles.
I should get that mantra
tattooed across my chest.