Yelling, Crying and Hugging: All in a (Sub) Day’s Work

by Steve Vedder

It may have only been a middle school physical education class, but the student was upset with one of my calls as a substitute PE teacher/referee in a flag football class. He was mad enough to begin yelling at me when I detected a blur of motion to my right. A second student flashed past me and smashed into the yelling youngster with a vicious crash that would have made any NFL linebacker proud. When it was all sorted out the first student found himself in trouble for screaming at teacher, and I later found the second one holding back tears...