"Do you know why you're here, Geoffry?" Ms. Nelson said.
Geoffry shifted in his seat and said, "Um, actually no, I don't."
Ms. Nelson folded her hands on her desk and said, "Are you aware of the student handbook?"
Geoffry raised his eyebrows and said, "I'm sorry?"
"The student handbook, Geoffry." Ms. Nelson said flatly.
Geoffry hesitated and quietly shook his head.
Ms. Nelson sighed, "Okay. You got one at the beginning of the year. It was made of blue paper with Withrow's official school logo on the cover."
"It lists the school rules." Ms. Nelson said flatly, "The school rules are also listed in your planners."
Geoffry studied her for a long time, then he nodded slightly, like he was starting to understand.
"School rules." Geoffry said.
Ms. Nelson nodded, sighing, "Yes, the school rules. Could you name some of them for me?"
Geoffry bit his lip and said, "Um... You're not supposed to bring guns to school?"
Then he chuckled and added, "Well, of course you're not, Ms. Nelson, but neither are the students."
Ms. Nelson smiled tightly, "Clever. Anything else?"
Geoffry pursed his lips and thought. He shrugged and shook his head, "Don't dress like a hooker?"
"Getting a little closer, there." Ms. Nelson sighed, "There's also one about PDA. Do you know what I'm talking about?"
"Public display of affection." Ms. Nelson said, "Geoffry, there are rules at this school that you have not been following."
Geoffry snorted, "Public display of affection? Like, kissing?"
"Yes, just like kissing."
Geoffry shook his head and chuckled, "Pardon me, Ms. Nelson, but kids do that all the time."
Ms. Nelson raised her eyebrows and said, "Oh, is that so?"
Geoffry couldn't tell if she was being sarcastic or not.
"Well, Geoffry, even if kids 'do that all the time', you have done it an unacceptable amount of times in the past month." Ms. Nelson said.
"Month?" Geoffry laughed.
Ms. Nelson gave him a sharp look and he fell silent. Ms. Nelson said sternly, "Geoffry, hugging, kissing, or anything else in that category is prohibited at this school. Heck, in every school in the district."
"What? Why?" Geoffry asked.
"It is not suitable behavior for school." Ms. Nelson said, turning up her palms in a shrug, "School is a place where you should be focused on schoolwork, not on girls."
Then she added, "Or boys."
Geoffry scowled and Ms. Nelson continued, "And the staff's job is to educate you and prepare you for college, not to walk around and break up every couple kissing in the hallway."
Geoffry sighed and Ms. Nelson said, "Are you listening, Mr. Canning?"
"Yeah, yeah, I'm listening." Geoffry said quietly, leaning back in his chair.
Ms. Nelson gave him a look and said, "Okay. You can go up to first hour now, but if Ms. Chao catches you or I or anyone else catches you showing public display of affection in this building or on this property again, then you will be punished."
Geoffry nodded and Ms. Nelson said, "You may go to class."
Geoffry stood up and headed for the door.
"And one more thing, Geoffry." Ms. Nelson said.
Sighing softly, Geoffry turned and said, "Yes?"
Ms. Nelson looked serious and said, "From now on, there will be a hall monitor for the second floor hallways."
Geoffry's eyes widened; the second floor was where all of the sophomore classrooms were. Geoffry was a sophomore.
He swallowed audibly and nodded, opening the door out of the office.
"Good day, Geoffry." The principle said half-heartedly, picking up some papers on her desk.
"Good day, Ms. Nelson." Geoffry mumbled.
He was screwed.