After recess the rest of the day was spent on the smaller times tables and went by in a blur. I can’t remember exactly what all happened, but eventually the last two hours went by fast. “Class dismissed,” I said. “You may all go to the playground to wait for your parents.”

They all left. The kindergarten teachers had to head to the conference room. First, though, I had some business to take care of.

“Toby, sweetie, I know you have trouble with scissors. Would you like some help with that before you go outside?”

“Yes please!” Toby said. Those eyes lit up a disgusting amount at my uncharacteristic offer.

“Okay. Let’s go to my room and I will help you.” We got to the room after pushing past a lot of people and he went to go sit at a table. I put my gloves on while his back was turned. I got out a piece of paper and some scissors and brought it over to him.

“Here, it’s like this,” I said and showed him.

“I think I got it now,” Toby said. He started cutting the paper easily.

“Very good!” I exclaimed. I was amazed he wasn’t questioning the gloves. I was standing behind him and knew this was my chance. I slipped my hands around him and strangled him to death. He let out a small squeak and fell limp. I quickly cleared up the work space and slipped him out in the now cleared hallway on the way to the conference room for someone to find his body later.

I made my way down the hall to give me to the conference room and slipped in just in time. “About time you made it,” Jenny joked.

“Sorry,” I said. “I had to make a stop at the bathroom and there were an unbelievable amount of kids there. Too bad teachers don’t get special privileges.” Well, it could have been the truth. There’s always a big amount of kids in the bathroom on the way to the playground. There was just one kindergartener that wouldn’t ever be making that stop again.

“Well, never mind,” another teacher said. “Let’s get down to business. There has to be something done with Toby. He’s getting out of hand.”

“He’s not so bad. He’s really sweet in class,” Jenny said. I flinched. I had no idea that this is what the conference was going to be about. If I had known, I would have made up some excuse and gone home. I couldn’t do that now, though. It would look too suspicious.

“Well, I think he’s gotten a little out of hand, but nothing a good spanking couldn’t handle, even though it’s illegal,” I said. “Kids used to straighten up quickly when that was allowed.”

“Yeah, but it’s not,” Jenny said. “Personally, I’m glad. It’s child abuse.”

“It’s discipline,” I said.

I was lost in thought for a few minutes about the body in the hallway when Margaret called out my name. “Well, what do you think?”

“Huh? What do I think about what?”

“About suggesting to his parents that he be transferred to a school for troubled kids.”

“Oh. Yeah, that would be good. I would go along with that.” The other teachers nodded in agreement.

“I wish there was another way,” Jenny sighed. “He’s one of my best kids. He’s so bright.”

“You know it’s the best thing, Jenny,” I said comfortingly.

Just then, a janitor came screaming down the hall and broke in to the conference room. “Dead kid in the hallway! Dead kid in the hallway!” she kept screaming. So somebody had found the body already.

“What? Who?” All of a sudden the conference room was in a panic. I, of course, had to go along with it so I wouldn’t be suspicious.

We all went down the hall until we found the body. “Toby!” I screamed, acting surprised. “It was Toby that died!”