I have two brothers in my 3A period, the one from hell mentioned in my last post. OB (older brother) is in 10th grade and YB (younger brother) is in 9th. OB wasn't in class yesterday for the mess and this morning he apologized for, um, choosing to miss that day. Seems YB ripped him a new one for not being there. "Why?" I asked. As the story goes, YB knew that OB would have kept the thieving little b...... from, as YB put it, disrespecting me by stealing from me. Now the irony here is that neither one of them was willing to even confirm the name of the thief, let alone turn him in. As a matter of fact, only two students were willing to name names, one of them was the student caught with the soda. This is a definite high school dichotomy, wanting to prevent the theft but not willing to turn on a fellow student. Unless my memory has failed me over the last 3 years, I remember it being a lot different in jr. high. In a 9th grade class I would have had at least 3 or 4 students willingly name the student (after everyone was long gone, like after school). 8th grade would have a fourth to 3 fourths of the class naming the student, depending on how popular the particular student was, and of course after school or sometime when it couldn't be linked back to them. 7th grade, on the other hand, I would have had half the class tell me even before the period was over. I exaggerate a little bit, but you get the idea.
Anyhoo, I've got a lock on the fridge now, and at least I know, in their own subtle ways, these kids are going to let thief-boy know it ain't appreciated.