On a Sunday morning, I learned that the church across from our school had been vandalized. One of the things the culprits did was to soak a rag in communion wine and suspend it above a lit candle. It appeared that they had attempted to burn down this historic church which was built in 1789.
Once I got over the shock of the news I thought to myself, Someone in the school probably knows something. I decided that on Monday morning I would do some investigating.
On the Saturday, I was at the school doing paperwork. Out of the corner of my eye I saw some motion in the parking lot. I looked out to see one of our students riding his bicycle. He noticed me through the window. We exchanged waves. I figured I would start with him.
Now, along the way, I learned that to get to the bottom of the truth, it was often advantageous to let the student being interviewed think that I knew more than I did. A little shifty perhaps, but if police officers can do it, so could I.
It was close to noon-hour on Monday before I took the student out of class. We met in an empty classroom down the hall. After a bit of small talk I said, “I know what happened in the church on Saturday. I would like to think it wasn’t your idea. Is there anything you want to tell me before I call the police?”
He confessed. I almost couldn’t believe it.
He assured me it wasn’t his idea but that he went along with it. He named the others, one of whom was a well known student in the school. I thanked him for his honesty and sent him back to class. I then returned to my office and called the R.C.M.P. to report my findings. The matter was now entirely in their hands.
There was one more thing to be done.
To be continued …………………
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