Student Protest: A 99-Word Flash Fiction

This week over at Carrot Ranch (www.carrotranch.com) the prompt was to write a 99 word (no more, no less) story about a protest and go where the prompt led. This pedometer geek considered several scenarios before deciding on a BOTS (based on a true story) tale.

Student Protest

Julia wanted to be inducted into her school’s National Honor Society.

Each year she saw outstanding upperclassmen selected for the honor. As a junior, she watched her classmates and the seniors get chosen one by one.

The school administration and teachers were shocked when one senior refused in protest over a blatant prejudice against another student. Apparently, the seniors knew that the student was treated unfairly, making a pact to reject the honor; however, only Jerry had the strength of character to protest this injustice.

How they found out was never revealed, but it forever changed the school’s policy.

Nancy Brady, 2020

Check out all the stories about protests over at Carrot Ranch. I wonder if any of the Word Wranglers will have written about an extra hard exam, also known as a pro-test. Now, to check them out for myself.

 

About pedometergeek

A pharmacist by profession, a haiku poet by nature, I read and write. I have a book of haiku, Ohayo Haiku, and another somewhat alternative haiku book, Three Breaths, but write other genres. I also read...lots of novels! My favorite is, and remains, Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged but I am also a big Harry Potter fan. I truly am a pedometer geek strapping on my pedometer as soon as I awaken.
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5 Responses to Student Protest: A 99-Word Flash Fiction

  1. Jules says:

    As much as we would hope there weren’t as many prejudices existing presently there still are. When I was doing my practical teaching stint – I encountered a teacher who was very much against this one boy because he had been held back and was large for his age. I think she helped to provoke in him the bad behavior she expected from him. The teacher was very pro girl students and I believe was unfair to the boys. When I reported that to my own supervisors they were in denial. But that was also over forty years ago.

    I also experienced some of that prejudice against ‘boys’ from some of my own son’s teachers – that being more resent (within 20 years). There still is very much an unfairness in education those students in the middle. Those on either end of the learning spectrum get catered to more – that is my belief. I had to fight for my children to get a fair public school education. Not all can afford the low teacher to student ratios that some students might flourish in.

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  2. This kid came from a family of boys. Most of them tended toward laziness or maybe just poverty. Except for this one boy, none did very well in school…always marginal school work, always getting into trouble, etc. When the school was doing interviews for possible acceptance into National Honor Society, he was excluded despite his grade point average, as if he came from the wrong side of the tracks. Coincidentally, he shared the same profession as me. No one gets through the rigorous science curriculum required without having intelligence and critical thinking. He was a testament that no matter what the circumstances you can succeed if the desire is there.

    When it was discovered, the senior class planned on boycotting, but only one stalwart person did. Perhaps had they chosen him first, all of the others would have done so, too. I don’t think so, though, as none selected after him refused.

    The next year when they were going through the interview process, the dean asked that if chosen, would the student accept the nomination. Those who didn’t were not even interviewed. One of my best friends said she wanted to think about it first…talk to her parents, but when she went back to the dean and said she was interested, she was told she was too late. The decision had already been made, etc. She graduated with honors (3.5 or better GPA on a 4.0 scale, 4th in our class), but she never became a National Honor Society member. Ah, small schools…alas.

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  3. Norah says:

    Good on Jerry.

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  4. Incredible strength of character. It takes that and so much more to do what Jerry did. Thanks for writing about it!

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  5. Yes, he did. If only those people who serve in office had that kind of integrity. To act with that same strength and nobility. ~nan

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