They are out there
Everywhere you look
Looking for loners
You can hear the cop
We got a suspect here
We’re going to bring him in for questioning
Or a kid gets called into the principal’s office
You’re not happy here… are you son?
Is that a question mister or a statement?
You don’t seem to fit in do you?
Do convicts fit into a prison cell?
This is not a prison son although you may think it is
Not every prison has bars
Son… it’s come to our attention that some disciplinary action here is called for. We feel that given time anyone can learn to adapt to some basic rules of conduct. It’s not rocket science to say you don’t punch one of your classmates in the mouth just because he looked at you a certain way. You have anything to say to that?
I knocked out his front teeth. I guess my fists were not hard enough to get to the back. Ain’t that supposed to be where them wisdom teeth are?
Son, we know it has not been easy. I talked to your mother
She’s dead. How did you talk to her?
What do you mean she’s dead?
As far as I’m concerned she is
Well, she is worried about you
She ought to be worried about herself
Why is that?
I am not your son. Call me by my first name. They even do that with the president
Okay Joey…your mom said it has not been easy raising you
Did she say why?
Well she told me a few things
Did she tell you that it is hard to raise a kid if you can’ take care of yourself.
Did she tell you that?
Well no, she said some things…that she also did not have it easy…
I guess not with men coming and going…how many fathers does a kid normally have?
Life is like that sometimes Joey
Did she talk about dad?
Yes she did
Did she say that he was a drunk?
She told me
Did she tell you that I used to find his bottles buried in the ground and drink what was in them myself?
No, she didn’t tell me that
I thought if I did what he did I would be like him.
You wanted to be a drunk
No, I wanted to feel the pain he felt because he had to drink
Listen Joey…you know lately…well…not just lately…there have been some incidents
You mean shootings at schools
Yes, well…it’s the damnest thing…it spreads like a flu or something. It pops up one place and a few months down the road it’s somewhere else
What does that have to do with me?
It has nothing to do with you. It’s just…well, what I’m trying to say is…some of the student body…
What do you mean “student body” it sounds like a bunch of dead kids
I mean some of the students have come in here to talk to me. They say it’s not only that fight you had last week
It wasn’t no fight. I shut the lights out of that punk with one punch
And that other incident
The female student you forced into the bathroom
I didn’t force her…she probably had to piss
We could have called the police
You know why you didn’t?
No…tell me Joey
You didn’t because you couldn’t prove it. It was her word against mine…and like any good law abiding criminal…I had the perfect alibi
Okay Joey…the kids say you don’t show up at recess in the schoolyard
I got better things to do
Nobody knows where you go
I go to the library. Ask the librarian when I am
She said you go there but she said you don’t read or anything. That you just stare out the window
You want me to stare at the bookshelf. I’m not crazy
Nobody said you’re crazy Joey
Maybe I am crazy. I don’t really care. Some things just don’t interest me
Like the schoolyard and games?
Yeah, games never interested me
Why is that Joey?
Because that’s all my mother played
How do you mean?
With me…was games against dad
Let’s get back to some of your fellow students
Well, I don’t want to mention names
Why not? Let’s start with Louise
I didn’t give her what she wanted
What did she want`
She wanted me
I didn’t want her. Now, she comes walking in here and probably says I am queer or something
She didn’t say that
What did she say?
I’m afraid that’s between us
Listen…I got better things to do than to worry about what those kids have to say
They’re your classmates
I don’t know them and don’t want to know them. What is wrong with people just minding their own business
Nothing is wrong with it Joey…it’s just things can get bad and go from bad to worse
You mean I might come to school one day with an automatic weapon
I didn’t say that
There seems to be a lot of things you don’t say while you are saying them
You’re not dumb son
I told you not to call me son…Only my dad gets to call me son
Joey I mean
What do you mean?
I’m afraid we are going to have to take some disciplinary action
Do you mean a slap on the wrist or putting me in handcuffs?
We just are going talk to some professional people
You mean shrinks?
Different kinds of people
Just people that want to help
People that want to help don’t put people behind bars or in strait jackets
Joey…look…okay…I’ll give you one more chance
It sounds like a movie
What you just said
One more chance Joey…then…