My oldest girl gave a speech that was bursting with righteous indignation.
Her class had misbehaved in the school lunchroom.
These fifth graders had been out of their seats, standing up on the little round chairs attached to the lunch tables.
They had been loud and obnoxious.
So they were punished.
It wasn’t just the misbehaving few, though, who bore the load of consequences. Oh no, the whole class had to write a letter of apology to the lunchroom monitors.
And that wasn’t fair, my daughter said.
Why should she apologize for the bad choices of others, for their immaturity and out of control actions? She had sat there quietly eating her lunch.
Yet, she had to write, “I’m sorry.”
So, she devised a plan: Write a letter that absolved her of responsibility. “I’m sorry that others in my class were out of control. I’m sorry that other students were so bad.”
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