American Chimera – 10.5

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The interrogator stuck out her lip. “I take it you discovered it was useless to go to the police?”

“The video was fairly explicit. It didn’t take long for me to realize that Dani’s secretive image-taking method would put her in jail. Filming girls inside a middle-school locker room is highly illegal. The other teachers didn’t want to hear about the proof, and it was all I could muster to get Hinkley barred from school property. Having him arrested would have hurt more people than it helped.”

“But Dani was willing to go to jail. Shouldn’t you have turned her, and thus Reverend Hinkley, in at that time?”

“I tried to do what was right, Ma’am,” Coach Jones said. “I tried to do what was right by Stacy, and I think I protected her from further encroachment. I couldn’t think of a good way to protect other girls, girls who met him when he wasn’t at my school. Dani never really forgave me for that, and I guess I don’t blame her.”

The interrogator closed her tablet. “Fine. Get out.”

“I can vouch for the rest of the team-”

“Get out. I’ve got all I need from you for now.”

Coach Jones swallowed down whatever he was going to say, then lifted his long form up from the chair. “Alright. But if you want proof, Dani said she gave the video files to someone who helped her with the idea. I don’t know who that is, but I assume you’ve got them here. I assume you and your soldiers confiscated everyone’s belongings, so you probably have the proof.”

The interrogator walked him to the door. “I’ll have my assistants look for them.”

“Dani didn’t do anything wrong, ma’am. It was the system that failed Stacy, and it’s the system that’s failing us all. If you could find a way to work around it, please, do what’s right. Do what you can to help us.”

“I’ll do what I can.” She shoved Coach Jones out the door and slammed it behind him.


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11 thoughts on “American Chimera – 10.5

  1. Jules says:

    I’m going to have to fill in some of the missing piece (the ones I missed)…
    I can tell you though that we actually had a teacher who was eventually ‘caught’ at my children’s high school…

    It’s just plain creepy having to deal with anyone who has limited respect. I had a relative – I wouldn’t sleep over ‘their’ home because of a mild incident. I’m not sure if my parents ever really believed me as their wasn’t much discussion and no apology, but I never had to sleep over after I told them.

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