REFLECTIONS OF A REDBRIDGE SCHOOL ‘BAD BOY’
JOHN’S problems started almost from his first day at the King Solomon High in Redbridge. “I had a disagreement with the then head teacher, who assumed food that I brought into the school wasn’t kosher.”
He says the school’s disciplinary procedures were chaotic. “We had ‘order marks’ — three in a week or six in a month and you got a detention.
“Kids were smart enough to realise that if you lose the sheet with the order marks on, nothing would happen.
“I left the school for a time and rejoined a few months late for sixth form. I took on quite a difficult computer course, but in three days managed to catch up with the other students. On what would have been my fourth day, a letter arrived at my house telling me not to return to the school, because I had performed an illegal act of ‘hacking’. Their idea of me ‘hacking’ their system was to open up a few folders and add an icon [CD player] onto the desktop.”
Now 21, John blames the school rather than himself for his problems. “They knew how hard I had it but still didn’t hesitate to chuck me out. And that fact angers me to this very day.” CRAIG SILVER