Alex gets a headache and takes some aspirin to school.
1957 – Alex shares aspirin with Principal out on the smoking dock.
2007 – Police called, Alex expelled from school for drug violations. Car searched for drugs and weapons.
Johnny and Mark get into a fistfight after school.
1957 – Crowd gathers. Mark wins. Johnny and Mark shake hands and end up buddies.
2007 – Police called, SWAT team arrives, Johnny and Mark arrested, charged with assault. Both expelled even though Johnny started it.
Jeffrey won’t be still in class, disrupts other students.
1957 – Jeffrey sent to office and given a good paddling by the Principal. Returns to class, sits still and does not disrupt class again.
2007 – Jeffrey given huge doses of Ritalin, becomes a zombie, tested for ADD. School gets extra money from state because Jeffrey has a disability.
Suzie falls while running during recess and scrapes her knee. She is found crying by her teacher, Richard. Richard hugs her to comfort her.
1957 – In a short time, Suzie feels better and goes on playing.
2007 – Richard is accused of being a sexual predator and loses his job. He faces 3 years in State Prison. Suzie undergoes 5 years of therapy.
Jack goes quail hunting before school, pulls into school parking lot with shotgun in gun rack.
1957 – Vice Principal comes over, looks at Jack’s shotgun, goes to his car and gets out his shotgun to show Jack.
2007 – School goes into lockdown, FBI called. Jack hauled off to jail and never sees his truck or gun again. Counselors called in for traumatized students and teachers.
Zack is walking home, trips on a skateboard left by another student in the school yard, and injures his leg. He cries out in pain.
1957 – Zack is sent to the nurse’s office where he is given a band-aid and an aspirin. The principal then gives Zack a ride home.
2007 – The principal calls 911 and Zack’s parents. Zack is rushed to the hospital and given emergency surgery. This causes chronic phantom pain in Zack’s leg and nightmares. Zack undergoes physical therapy for 4 months and sues the school for 2 million dollars plus his medical bills. Zack wins the lawsuit and decides to attend private school. Zack’s former principal is fired, goes on a blacklist, and can never hold a job in education again. The school Zack used to attend is boarded up due to insufficient funding and community ridicule.
Pedro fails high school English.
1957 – Pedro goes to summer school, passes English, goes to college.
2007 – Pedro’s cause is taken up by state. Newspaper articles appear nationally explaining that teaching English as a requirement for graduation is racist. ACLU files class action lawsuit against state school system and Pedro’s English teacher. English banned from core curriculum. Pedro given diploma anyway but ends up mowing lawns for a living because he cannot speak English.
Travis takes apart leftover firecrackers from 4th of July, puts them in a model airplane paint bottle, and blows up a red ant nest.
1957 – Ants die.
2007 – Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Homeland Security, FBI called. Travis charged with domestic terrorism. FBI investigates family. Siblings removed from home. Computers confiscated. Travis’ Dad goes on a terror watch list and is never allowed to fly again.
Billy breaks a window in his neighbor’s car and his Dad gives him a whipping with his belt.
1957 – Billy is more careful next time, grows up normal, goes to college, and becomes a successful businessman.
2007 – Billy’s dad is arrested for child abuse. Billy is removed to foster care and joins a gang. State psychologist tells Billy’s sister that she remembers being abused herself and their dad goes to prison. Billy’s mom has affair with psychologist.