House of Horrors

CNN: Girl expelled for writing story about killing teacher

"A high school freshman expelled for writing a fictional account of a student who falls asleep in class and dreams of killing a teacher can return to school Monday while officials reconsider the disciplinary action."

It's a good thing I'm long out of high scool. I never would have made it through, not in the US, anyway. :-)

In Grade 9, most of our class really despised our English teacher, Mr. House. In the 3rd quarter of the year, he failed the majority of the class, (an honours class, no less) almost every case a direct result of people's bad feelings towards him. During this quarter, we were asked to write a short play and act it out in front of the class. The group I was working with responded with "House of Horrors", a skit where one of us played Mr. House as a contestent on a very unfortunate game show. Whenever the Mr. House character got an answer wrong, someone beat him with whatever object the question was about. Suffice it to say Mr. House didn't get the big prize at the end of the show, and surely wished he knew more about baseball bats.

As much as I couldn't stand Mr. House, I guess I should be thankful I didn't get expelled or suspended for my part in the House of Horrors. It still bugs me that I was failed that term, the only fail I ever received.

Written on October 25, 2003