A manchild, left behind

Frank Powell started sixth grade the same year Katy did. The next year, he was still in sixth grade. The following year, Annie had a few classes with him. The next year, he started sixth grade again.

It’s hard to say what led to his academic freeze. Frank had a penchant for violence, and thus found himself suspended more often than not. But on the other hand, well, it was unlikely Mensa was going to be sending him an invitation at any point.

I can only imagine what it was like for Frank. Each year he grew older, a pubescent Gulliver amongst the Lilliputians. Frank was the only sixth grader old enough to shave, the only sixth grader old enough to drive. Still, the school system continued enrolling him in the same seven classes: reading, math, civics, science, PE, shop and study hall. The curricula never sank in.

The first wave of Frank’s sixth grade classmates graduated and moved on. Eventually, Frank was allowed to withdraw.

About Carrie

Writer by day, writer by night. Urban farmer/dog mama/baby mama/bicycle enthusiast/oenophile the rest of the time.
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4 Responses to A manchild, left behind

  1. Suzy says:

    So, where is Frank today?

  2. Carrie says:

    I checked Case.net to see if he’s been up to anything. It looks like he still lives in town and enjoys drunk driving and other misdemeanors.

  3. Suzy says:

    Oh, the optimist in me was hoping there was a positive outcome, like he went on to invent something to benefit mankind or reinvented himself to be a motivational speaker or something!

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