This story happened many years ago in a primary school where Mrs. Thompson taught.
After vacation, on the first day of school, she stood before her class, 5A, and, for the first time in her career she lied. Like most teachers, she looked at her students and said that she liked them all equally, that no one was her favorite.
But she knew that she wasn’t telling the truth, because in first place, scooted up in his chair, sat a little boy, Teddy Stoddard.
Mrs. Thompson noticed Teddy earlier that year, when she took over this particular class, and immediately realized that he did not get along too well with the other children, that he wore dirty clothes, and apparently needed a bath. The boy could also be impolite sometimes. After returning home, Ms. Thompson reached for the boy’s record. In the school where she worked, new teachers were required to review children’s records from previous years.
After a long time, Mrs. Thompson found the notes about Teddy. The more she read, the more surprised she became.