Academic Discussion

The First Day of School's Around the Corner. Glad You’re Out?

Justice X
Age 40
Resides Manhattan
Occupation Actor

How happy are you not to be going back to school? I don't ever think about school. I was in a holding pen for 12 years, where any actual education was absent. All school does is program people to long for lunch breaks and sharpen pencils.

What's the meanest thing you ever did to someone there? I wasn't mean to people when I was in school. The mean things came later.

What's your take on school uniforms? I went to school in Arkansas with two groups in one big room. Nobody wore uniforms there. Uniforms are a tool for keeping people in line.


Melissa Soong
Age 21
Resides Queens
Occupation Student

How happy are you not to be going back to school? Actually, I am going back to school, and I'm anxious and a little excited. It's my last year.

What's the meanest thing you ever did to someone there? I crank-called a guy and his family so many times, they had to change their phone number.

What's your take on school uniforms? I'm against them. We should learn from that episode of The Simpsons where the school makes all the kids wear uniforms that aren't water-resistant. When it rains, all that drab, gray material turns to tie-dye.


Dan McCormick
Age 26
Resides Manhattan
Occupation Internet programmer

How happy are you not to be going back to school? Extremely happy. I hated school. In college, I liked learning but not in that lecture-hall kind of way. I think it's debatable whether it's even worth going to college. Nobody even looks at your résumé anymore.

What's the meanest thing you ever did to someone there? I was the guy who got picked on, but later on there was one guy with borderline mental problems who we tortured.

What's your take on school uniforms? It wouldn't have mattered to me if I'd had to wear a uniform. I'm not fashion conscious.


Dillen Ailman
Age 26
Resides Brooklyn
Occupation Designer

How happy are you not to be going back to school? I loved school, but I'm glad I'm not going back.

What's the meanest thing you ever did to someone there? I ground a piece of gum into a guy's hair. He was a hard-rocker who I actually liked, but the chichi girl group I was in made doing something like that a requirement of membership. The guy had to shave his entire head.

What's your take on school uniforms? I never wore them except as a field hockey player. I liked the idea of beating someone up while you were in your skirt.


Jeff Lazar
Age 42
Resides Manhattan
Occupation Assistant director

How happy are you not to be going back to school? Very happy. I never give a thought to school.

What's the meanest thing you ever did to someone there? I was a small kid, so I wasn't going to be picking on anybody. People did mean things to me. A greaser once spit in my face. At my 10th reunion, he acted like I was his lost brother.

What's your take on school uniforms? I went to public school in Pittsburgh with 3500 kids. In my school, it was a matter of weapons, not uniforms.


Max Vega
Age 28
Resides Bronx
Occupation Night order clerk

How happy are you not to be going back to school? I don't know, but I was just thinking about this last week. The air makes me think about buying school supplies and new clothes.

What's the meanest thing you ever did to someone there? I was a big wrestling fan in the sixth grade. Some guy in my class said something about my mother. I grabbed him and put some wrestling move on him. He ended up in a neck brace. I got suspended for a week.

What's your take on school uniforms? I didn't wear them, but I think they're a good idea.


Trena Saunders
Age 28
Resides Manhattan
Occupation Training associate

How happy are you not to be going back to school? I am so done with school, I can't tell you. At the same time, I did learn important things there.

What's the meanest thing you ever did to someone there? I hit a teacher on the head with a football. I told one teacher that his voice sounded like Scooby-Doo's. I once poured baby oil on the floor and waited for the kids to blow through the door when the school bell rang.

What's your take on school uniforms? For a short time I went to Catholic school. I hated the uniforms.

 
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