She was angry. Angrier than she had ever been in her entire life.

But she knew she was right and so she wasn’t afraid. She knew they’d understand.

Walking into the principal’s office, she saw him standing there with a bleeding nose and a smile spread across her face. Evidently, it angered him.

He (angrily) – I want to call my parents.

He (principal) – They’re on their way. Don’t worry! Would you like some water or –

She – I want to call mine, too.

He (principal) – Do not speak unless you’re spoken to. There’s no need of calling your parents. Your suspension letter will be sent to them. They’ll know then.

She looked at him open-mouthed. She almost couldn’t believe what was happening.

She – but…

He (principal) – What did I just say? Do not speak.

She had never been so angry before. She glared at the principal and then at him and saw that this time, he was smiling.

Moments later, an elderly couple rushed into the office and started hugging the boy.

She (mother) – I want a fair punishment for her. How dare she touch my son like that?

The principal spoke in a harsh tone.

He (principal) – You must apologize.

She looked at him openmouthed.

She – For what? For being myself? For standing up for myself?

He (principal) – For violence in the school premises.

She – Self-defense!

He (principal) – You either apologize or we rusticate you.

She looked at the principal, the boy and his parents who still held him tight.

They couldn’t do this to her. She walked out of the office, shutting the door behind her with a loud bang.

She would never apologize. So what if he was the trustee’s son? Sexual assault and its charges are the same for all.

Author: Zainab Haji

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