I got out of the shower and told my brother it was all his. He didn’t look up and was sitting on his bed reading a book (actually it was the new Harry Potter book, the reason our dad hadn’t let us buy a copy at the airport was because he’d asked the hotel to put a gift wrapped one on each of our beds – unfortunately, that was the one good thing about our stay…) I asked him if he was ok, he turned around and looked incredibly serious. “You know that mirror on the wall?” he said “It’s not a mirror.” He got up and told me to take a look. The red strip I’d seen inside the shower was actually a blind, controlled from the main room, and those ‘lights’ that I thought were lights on either side of the strip was actually clear glass – they glowed with white light because there were glass doors leading out onto the balcony that faced the washroom!!
It wasn’t a classroom, it was a teachers conference. I had been bullied severely in high school for several years after coming out and a couple days previously there was a serious incident which I’m not going to share for personal reasons- the bare bones is there was an incompetent substitute teacher and some not nice people decided to take some liberties. Both my parents were understandably angry and decided that, since parents evening was a couple of days away, they would use the time to talk to the principal.
This man was sweating with nerves giving every half baked answer you would expect from a monkey in a suit. It was almost funny how much he squirmed, whilst my mother was getting more and more agitated, eventually shouting at this man demanding he give a straight answer and sort this situation out before she decided to get higher authorities and the press involved. So there me and my parents are in a little office next to the entrance hall where most of the other parents are ( this detail gets relevant later) and my mama gets started- “why was the teacher hired? Why were they not in the room for most of the lesson? You new my child was being bullied and so far you’ve done nothing. How are the bullies being penalised?”
This man was sweating with nerves giving every half baked answer you would expect from a monkey in a suit. It was almost funny how much he squirmed, whilst my mother was getting more and more agitated, eventually shouting at this man demanding he give a straight answer and sort this situation out before she decided to get higher authorities and the press involved. Then this silly snake of a man said it. He turned to my dad and said “get your woman under control!” My dad was not having that AT ALL. Now both of my parents are shouting, my dad indignant at the statement and my mother angry that the principal would dare to tell her to be quiet concerning the welfare of her child. Eventually the principal said that if we didn’t leave he would call the police to escourt us out.
But, you must realize that most teachers were also disappointed with the appointment of Betsy DeVos. Students will occasionally overhear what the teachers say to each other, especially the new or younger teachers who are not aware of this. In schools, the talk about the president largely goes on between students repeating their parent’s view. I recall a student saying that Obama should get assassinated. I reprimanded him with the warning that if the president were assassinated or there was even an attempt, I would have to report to the authorities what he had said.
Needless to say I was MORTIFIED. My brother was quick to assure me that as soon as he realised that it was clear glass he turned away (of course, poor guy was in shock from the horror of what he briefly glimpsed!). I went out onto the balcony to have a cigarette whilst he showered so he didn’t have to be paranoid or feel pressured to hurry up. We then went straight to our parents room and told them about it. My dad couldn’t believe it, I mean, this was a 5* hotel, what kind of perverse designer would put a window looking into the shower/toilet room? In a TWIN room, so clearly not a room for people who were there intending on getting some sexy time in?!