I heard the boisterous laughter and the cacophony of voices of the children as I neared my class IV.
It dropped to pin drop silence the moment I entered the class.After taking the attendance I started writing on the black board when a paper ball hit my back.
I turned round towards the class and asked "Who did it?"
None answered but I could see the suppressed glee in their eyes and muffled smiles
"The whole class will stand till the guilty one confesses" I ordered
Five minutes passed .There was no sign of relenting from the kids. I glared at the defiant small kids.
An eight year old Sundar stood up and said "I did it, Miss.I am sorry. You can punish me"
As I went near him with the cane in hand, a girl adjacent to his row shrieked “No, he did not do"
"Why did you then confess to an act if you are not guilty?" I asked the boy
He kept silent. I prodded him gently to come out with the truth.
He turned to Sunita, who had come to his support and said" She is in acute pain due to a boil in her leg. As none confessed, I could not bear her suffering in pain anymore by standing"
I patted him on his shoulder overwhelmed by his chivalry and said Good boy, you have set an example. All of you are excused and can now sit down"
A meek voice from a sobbing Avinash was heard from the last bench " Excuse me, Miss.I do not wish Sundar to take blame for my wrongful act. I promise I will not do again."
I broke into laughter when the whole class joined me.