The bell rang. Miss Tan had just finished
explaining the last sum to the class. Before she
could say another word, some of the students
stood up. They were ready to head to the
canteen. Miss Tan told them sternly, "There
isn't any need to rush. There's plenty of food
and time for you to have your recess." She
insisted that the class went for their recess in
an orderly manner.
However, once she was out
of sight, the boys started jostling each other
down the stairs. There was a lot of pushing,
shoving and laughing. Suddenly, there was a loud
thud followed by a scream. Everyone on the
stairs stopped in their tracks.
It turned out that one of the boys in front
had missed a step and fallen. He landed hard on
his elbow. The bone jutted out. The boy was
whimpering in pain. His friend quickly helped
him up and brought him to the office. The
principal took one look at the injury and
immediately called for an ambulance. While
waiting, the other boys in the group were
questioned. When told what they were doing on
the stairs, the principal shook his head. The
injured by and his friends hung their head in
shame. They apologized for their behavior. The
principal said, "Let this be a lesson to you."
The injured boy was then brought to the
hospital. the following week, he returned to
school with a cast around his arm.