A pupil makes an inappropriate noise during a crucial point of a lesson. Some well-behaved classmates are praised for their attentiveness.


The teacher looks him in the eye with a firm but not angry look.


He is ignored.

And again.


“Teacher why are you ignoring me?”

The teacher stops, faces the boy before speaking.

“You are important to me but I don’t have time for such misbehaviour,”

The pupil is quiet, struck by those first few words. How could someone like him be important to anybody?

The teacher


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