I felt like a cornered animal. I wanted to lash out.
The Headmaster was very matter-of-fact. I’d
stretched the boundaries too far. My parents had
been called. Expulsion was the only avenue now.
His deputy nodded sagely beside him. Rage fought
inside me. I looked desperately at all the old boys’
pictures lining the walls. These were men who had
achieved something. I was trash. After fifteen
terrible minutes, sat shivering in the great leather
chair, Father walked in. The Headmaster explained
the situation with distinct relish. Father simply
nodded. I was told to stand. I should fetch my
satchel and leave now. My ties with this hallowed
school were severed. I must live with the shame.
I was expelled.


Author: Robert James Berry

Poet & Novelist