There was pin drop silence. I was stunned and so were the 45 teens in my class. She wasn’t a girl who spoke much, which could have been why we were speechless when she stood and screamed at me in response to a simple but firm, “Why haven’t you submitted your work in spite of being reminded again for the nth time?”
The class waited for my response. I think even she was shocked at her own outburst. I requested her quietly to sit down and continued with the 10 minutes that remained. The bell rang and she stayed back, loitering around my desk as her classmates filed out for recess. She came to me and apologized shamefacedly, which is when I asked her what had happened.