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Jamal: The Gym Teacher's Concern

Jamal: The Gym Teacher's Concern

Jamal: The gym teacher's concern


As she opened her office, Ms. Sarah Greene, the ninth-grade counselor, reviewed the note that someone had placed under her door.

Date: Friday, October 29, 2012

Subject: Issue With Jamal Thomas

Hi Sarah,

Sorry I didn't come to you directly yesterday, but I was on my way to a meeting with my quarterback, and had to go over some plays for the game this week.

I'm having an issue with one of your students, Jamal Thomas. He's been a real pain in the butt lately. He's been skipping class, not dressing, and is just not involved during my class. I don't get it! His older brothers are two of my favorite athletes. Can you bring him in to straighten him ...

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