I knew Mr Green was angry by the way he threw his briefcase on the staffroom floor, kicked it and shouted "The f****** tosser!"
I'm like that, I can sense people's moods.
He did not need much questioning to tell his tale; basically it will be one you have all heard a thousand times before.
Dwayne was mucking about in his lesson; being a pain, distracting the others. Mr Green told him to move, Dwayne refused, he threatened to call for the SMT and the kid shouted "You think I'm f****** bothered!" To be honest it happens so frequently it's almost tedious to relate.
Anyway; Duty member of SMT turns up, Dwayne loudly refuses to go with him for the benefit of his mates, duty SMT begs and cajoles, promising all sorts of things. They both leave, nothing further heard. Mr. Green sees Dwayne leaving at home time along with all his friends, laughing and shouting. He corners SMT chap and asks why he's let him go and what's his punishment going to be. SMT explains that he's had a good chat with Dwayne and he's not such a bad boy at all once you get to know him etc...
Mr. Green has taught for twenty years and is a far better teacher than I could ever hope to be. He is perfectly capable of giving out his own punishment to Dwayne and is not one of those teachers who constantly pester the SMT with minor problems. What he needs, like all of us, is a bit of back up when Dwayne decides that he doesn't want to do what the classroom teacher tells him to.
As he was clearly upset, a few of us went for a beer with him after school and after some more ranting we ended up laughing about the futility of it all.
It wasn't really the time for major questions such as what the hell is going to happen to these kids after they leave us? Never having been made to do what they're told.
Or questions such as why, oh why do we have such weak leaders who are unwilling or unable to back up the staff?
Or why do we have to waste 29 decent kids' time whilst we pander endlessly to one badly behaved child?
No it wasn't really the time for those sort of questions, because we've asked them so many times before and given up hope of hearing a sensible answer.