Max walks into the classroom five minutes late, his shirt untucked and hardly buttoned. He sits down a few desks away from Ben who had arrived five minutes early and was waiting patiently for class to start. Although the boys seemed completely opposite, Ben the more conservative and shy one, while Max, a little more rebellious and mischievous, they were best friends and did most everything together.
A few weeks into their fifth grade year, the teacher announced that they would begin doing reports on their favorite animal. They knew that this was the first year they were able to use the computer lab in the library and the idea of being able to ...view middle of the document...
“What do you think you are doing kids?” she said.
“Uh, we just accidentally clicked on the wrong site” Max exclaimed, terrified.
“I don’t think so mister, this is completely unacceptable. Both of you, follow me to the office right now!”
Mrs. Howard, infuriated yet shocked that they would do such a thing, walked them to the office and explained to the principle exactly what happened. The two boys followed the teacher, almost in tears fearing what the principle would have to say to them. They knew they would have to face some sort of consequences. Mrs. Howard spoke to Mr. Brooks, the principle, in private first and then let the boys meet with him after that. While the two teachers were discussing the event, the boys whispered outside.
“I can’t believe we got caught” said Max.
“I know, what are we gonna tell our parents? Mine are gonna kill me!” You could hear the fear in Ben’s voice. He dreaded the moment that he would have to tell his parents what he and Max had done that day. Max tried masking his fear with a careless attitude, and he played it off like he wasn’t really all that scared of getting in trouble.
“Whatever Ben, it’s not that big of a deal. I don’t care if we get suspended” Max said casually. Just then Mrs. Howard walked out and told the boys to go talk to Mr. Brooks themselves. They walked in and sat down while their principle scolded them for their actions and discussed the consequences.
Max and Ben had their parents come in to pick them up from school and let Mr. Brooks explain to them why they were getting suspended. The parents of the children couldn’t believe what they were hearing. Their sons were getting suspended for looking up porn on the internet while being at school? They both seemed embarrassed yet infuriated at what Max and Ben had done but they took different approaches to the incident.
“Max was the one that pulled up the site, he made me look at it. I swear!” Ben cried from the backseat of the car.
“I only looked at it for a second and that’s when Mrs. Howard came up and saw it. It’s all Max’s fault.”
At this point, nothing was getting through to Ben’s parents. On the ride home, Mr. and Mrs. Miller sat in silence, Ben tried defending himself at first but realized that his parents were unable to talk rationally about the situation so he too sat silently, feeling ashamed that he didn’t simply walk away from Max’s computer.
Ben went up to his room right when he got home and sat there until his parents called him for dinner. Finally his parents had calmed down enough to discuss what had happened with Ben and let him tell his side of the story.
“Okay honey, now tell us exactly what happened today” Mrs. Miller said sincerely.
“Well we were in the computer lab looking up stuff on the internet about our topics for class and then Max called me over to look at his computer. I...