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Archive for April 1st, 2008

Trot trot to Boston

I’m still at home but on the mend. My shingles and the sinus infection have run their course and I’m scheduled to arrive at the hospital in Boston Thursday, April 3. The actual transplant, when I receive my brother’s stem cells, will be next Wednesday, April 9.

Ten days earlier, as our Easter dinners were settling in, some of Chloe’s friends were plotting their “senior prank” to be carried out around midnight that night. We awoke on Monday to the early morning news that the “prank” that Chloe and nine other seniors (all boys) had carried out in the middle of the night March 23/24 had resulted in the high school being closed on Monday the 24th. Before the shocked seniors had a chance to throw on some clothes and get to the school to fess up, the school administrators had called the police from three towns, as well as the media, and generally created an atmosphere of hysteria.

The “Cape Elizabeth 10” had taken down many of the suspended ceiling panels in the library of the school (thinking they would be putting them back up the next day), moved a few desks from classrooms into the hallway, and then a couple of independent movers wrote & drew stupid – but erasable – images on a couple of white boards, and spread peanut butter on door handles in several classrooms. To the administrators – superintendent & principal – it appeared to be vandalism and they acted on that impression before the students arrived. Once they all confessed, all ten were immediately given a ten day suspension from school. Unfortunately, the media loves it when something goes haywire with “those rich kids” from Cape Elizabeth…and the general population (even here in CE) is easily swayed by the media’s message.

Chloe was among the first four students to arrive. The police immediately asked her about their mid-night activities and for a list of the remaining students. Let us be clear that we do not condone the “prank,” but we are proud of Chloe for turning herself in, but refusing to rat out her friends – offering instead to call them herself and urge them to come forward.

Over the course of one and a half weeks, the hysteria seems to have calmed down, and support for the “CE 10” is growing. Rumors of possible expulsion and criminal charges, among other punishments, woke lots of people up to the extremity of the situation. Letters, emails and calls of support for “the punishment must match the crime” have been mounting. All ten students have been doing “community service” work – picking up trash along the CE roads. Individual student hearings before the School Board have begun.

Life with Chloe can never be all dark. The current bright side is that she has been admitted to both of her favorite art schools – Savannah College of Art and Design (Savannah, GA), and Ringling School of Art and Design (Sarasota, FL). To make it even sweeter, SCAD offered her an annual merit scholarship. We’ll have to see what Ringling can counter with.

On March 29 Moriah turned 13. Her friends captured her for the entire day and night on her birthday, so we stretched the celebration to Sunday when we lit candles, ate cake, and shared our birthday offerings with our new “teenager.”

It’s April Fool’s Day. No jokes from me. Just a sincere hope that the next time I write it will be from a hospital bed in Boston. (I wish it were a joke.)