Trapped Inside

Imagine: 300 kids, a few tired teachers, and a locked gate at the end of the school day. It’s not a pretty site.

Last week, at KPS, I went to leave the school and found the gate was locked. This was odd, but I told one of the kids to run off and find the key, and off they went. Another teacher came up and told me that someone had just locked the gate, but they did not have the key.


Yes. We spent over an hour trying various bunches of keys in the three different locks, and even let some of the “naughty” boys pick the locks-to no avail. I considered climbing over the fence, but at it has razor wire (not barbed wire-barbed wire is tame compared to razor wire) at the hop and bottom, it didn’t seem like a good plan. There are also no holes in the fence at the school. I know because I was watching to see if any kids found some and were able to escape. No luck. Eventually, after 4pm, a kids runs up and delivered a set of keys that came from who-knows-where, and a solid wall of kids rushed out as soon as the gate was open…and nearly trampled me.

That was not a pleasant experience…being trapped inside my “bad” school. Eish, batho…these kids!


About Jen Lamos

Christ follower. Writer. Permaculturist. RPCV. Photographer. Gardener. Keeper of Chickens. Daughter of God.

3 thoughts on “Trapped Inside

  1. I’ve enjoyed your latest anecdotes! I’m teaching too, only on the west side of San Antonio. Keep up the good work!! How does the school year work? Start, end? Holidays?

    • Hi! Thanks :). Our schools go year-round, Jan-Dec. We have over 200 days in school, and a few weeks off for Christmas and in June/July, and a week break in March and October. School days are about 7 hours long, though we always knock off early on Fridays. And some Wednesdays. And some random days when there is a meeting, funeral, union activities, too many teachers absent, etc. 😉 it’s a lot less formal than in the US. I think I’ve posted some blogs about school life-look for tags or “school” or “corporal punishment”…

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