Kindergarten Lockdown Conclusion
In Kindergarten Lockdown part 1, Lee Drucker, a substitute teacher, has just disarmed a crazy gunman who burst into her kindergarten music class and threatened to kill the children. The perp is neutralized; the kids have left, police are on their way, and the fun should have been over. Except for the kindgergarten perp-in-training who just picked up the weapon in his tiny hands...
continued from part one......
Lee froze. She had been just about to collapse into one of the undersized chairs. She sized up the situation. The six-year-old assassin had both his tiny hands on the gun and it looked like he had fired one before. There was no way the shot could miss from such a short distance. Lee's skin crawled as she heard the safety click. She caught herself hoping death wouldn't hurt too much or last too long.
Suddenly a small crashing noise occurred to Lee's right. It distracted the boy, causing him to swivel to his left and fire the gun harmlessly into the ceiling at the same time. With the gun no longer pointing at her, Lee instantly pounced on the child and separated him from the weapon. Russell realized instantly that he had no more power of life and death. He reverted to his previous self, a lethargic child with strange dead-looking eyes.
God oh God, thought Lee, whatever it was that distracted him, thank you.
"You OK Ms. D?" came a small husky voice. Lee turned in the direction of the sound, which was coming from the supply closet. There was Andrea, the little girl who had fetched the guitar. Lee held out her arms. Andrea came running up, and Lee gave the little girl a hug, thinking to herself, #uck the rule about no physical contact.
"Andrea, what just happened?" asked Lee, still sitting astride the small boy on the floor because she was too weak-kneed to stand.
"That Russell," said Andrea, between tearless sobs, "he was gonna shoot. So so-so- so-so I throwed the music stick at the window." Lee fumbled for her glasses and found them hooked over the neck of her shirt. She put them on, and sure enough she saw one of the claves lying on the floor.
"Why did you throw the stick?" asked Lee.
"So-so-so-so-so he shoot the stick not y-y-you Ms. D."
"Well I guess it worked. Thank you so much. You saved my life. But why were you in the closet?"
"I didn wa-wa-wa-wa-waanna look at that b-b-bad man ugly bloody face. So I hid in there."
Just then a policeman burst into the room and an ambulance was not far behind. The policeman was surprised to see Lee sitting on top of a small boy, as he had been told the intruder was an adult male. Lee just pointed wordlessly to the inert and bleeding gunman on the floor behind him. She had to be helped to her feet. She was numb, answering their questions in monosyllables. Andrea and Russell were hustled off to where the rest of the children were. The excitement was really over, and the remainder of the day was an anticlimax. Lee was sent home and spent the afternoon reading alone in bed. The phone rang once. It was the local paper trying to get an interview. Lee declined because she did not feel like talking about it.
The bad guy, who turned out to be some distant relative by marriage of LumCo's owner, did not fare too well. Lee had inflicted a pretty severe head injury on him. He was already seriously overdosed on methamphetamine and seriously underdosed on his prescription lithium when he went psycho. He drifted in and out of consciousness in the hospital for a few weeks then finally fell into a deep coma and died.
Lee was duly arrested and indicted for manslaughter. The family of the dead assailant hired a hotshot attorney. Lee got the available public defender, a tired old guy nearing retirement and smelling of booze. He advised her to plead self-defense, which she assumed would be obvious. Lee Drucker, heroine, saves whole class of kindergartners or something like that. It didn't turn out that way. The hotshot cast doubts on her whole story. He dredged up that she had been laid off from LumCo and tried to imply to the jury that she was lying when she claimed she did not know the deceased or know who he was. Lee asked for some of the children as witnesses on her behalf but the hotshot said no kids, it would be too harsh on them and anyway six year olds didn't know the difference between what really happened and a story. No witnesses and a lawyer who didn't give a rip. Lee was convicted and did 18 months. That's justice for people like Lee.
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