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Overheard: John Marshall High School

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Principal Aspasia Carlson stands in a lobby of John Marshall High School.I spent a week in John Marshall High School last month, and my story about my time there ran April 15. (Click here to read it.) After spending so much time covering a story, reporters always lament that there are things left out. There are a couple of anecdotes I wished I could have fit in, but there had to be room left in the Sunday paper for the comies and the crossword. I was already way – way! – over my limit. So I’m going to share two of those little asides here. To me, they really illustrate the humor that Principal Aspasia Carlson uses with her kiddos.

Students milled around the breakfast tables, eating particularly slowly. One boy claimed he was eating breakfast late because he slept in.

“Do I need to call your mom?” Carlson asked him. He smiled when he knew he was caught. “What’s your number?” Carlson said. “I’ll call and wake you up.”

And one more …

Carlson came out of her office to find a boy slouching in a chair next to the copier.

“OK, I just heard the bell ring,” she said. “Where are you supposed to be?”

“I’m getting my transcript so I can go to college,” he said with a grin.

Carlson laughs. “OK,” she admits, “that’s allowed.”

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Carrie Coppernoll

Carrie Coppernoll is a columnist and reporter. She was named the top personal columnist in Oklahoma in 2009 and 2010 by the Associated Press and Association of Newspaper Editors. She was also named the 2008 Journalist of the Year by the Oklahoma... Read more ›