I’m not proud of it, but it has made for a good story. It was a long and ard-uous ARD meeting, mostly due to the fact that the honorable opposing counsel insisted on asking the same question over and over and over and over. I think many of you have been in such situations. The guy was messing up my vision for the day. The meeting was in a district about two hours east of Austin. It was a gorgeous fall day. My plan was to drive back to Austin, into the sunset, enjoying the fabulous fall weather. I had my soundtrack ready to play.
But the meeting went on and on and on and on. I saw the sun slipping down in the western sky, my vision for the day setting along with it. That’s when I spoke up. I don’t recall the exact words except for the last two: “….you bozo.”
There followed this exchange:
OPPOSING COUNSEL: Am not.
LAW DAWG: Are too.
OC: Am not.
LD: Are too.
PRINCIPAL: Let’s take a little break!
I felt embarrassed at my sudden loss of professional decorum. Bozo and his client had left the room, so it was just me and the school staff there. I apologized, hoping I had not embarrassed the district. And the principal said, “Not at all, counselor. We liked it.”
This gave me a good insight into the heart of today’s Texas educator. However, I have refrained from such personal insults since that day.
DAWG BONE: DECORUM DOES MATTER.
Tomorrow: Due process and the DAEP.