The Dean of Students

This is a humorous TV series script based on my life for six years as the Dean of Students at Kakiat Junior High, East Ramapo school district, Spring Valley, New York in the mid-1980’s. I was seeking a 6th level Administrative certificate to allow me to become a School Principal or district Administrator and I needed one year experience as an administrative intern. I approached Mr. Gerald Pollak, the Principal, and requested that I fill in for the empty Dean of Students position. The district budget to save money eliminated the Dean of Students job at the Junior highs and High schools. The Dean of Students is the job that deals with discipline problems day in and day out. You get to see all the bad students and either suspend them from school, call their parents or assign them to detention after-school or in-school suspension all day. It was one of the most hated positions by students in the school. Even the Principal faired better in popularity. I kept a sense of humor at the job and made some major changes like digital records in replacing orange discipline folders that were never filed correctly.

Here is the first draft of the TV pilot, The Dean of Students.

 

 

 

 

 

Pelham Mead
Dr. Pelham Mead Author

THE DEAN OF STUDENTS

By Dr. Pelham Mead III

Based on a true story.

TV PILOT

EPISODE ONE- THE DEAN OF 1 STUDENTS AT KAKIAT JUNIOR 1

HIGH, EAST RAMAPO SCHOOL DISTRICT, SPRING VALLEY,

NEW YORK.

2 SCENE-INT. DAY- DEAN’S OFFICE IN KAKIAT JUNIOR HIGH. 2

(Opening Scene to be repeated at the beginning of each episode)

Note: Pelham Mead, Dean of Students for Kakiat Junior high is a tall man

with light brown hair and a short mustache and thin rimmed eye glasses. He

is dressed in a white shirt, no tie, light brown sports jacket and slacks. The

scene opens with Mr. Mead entering his office and trying to find a pen in his

desk which is cluttered with water pistols, sling shots, knives, bullets, and

one pellet gun.

PELHAM MEAD, DEAN OF STUDENTS

(42)

Good morning Mrs. Rodofsky.

MRS. LISA RODOFSKY, SECRETARY (45)

Good morning Mr. Mead.

Mr. Mead enters his office. Five seconds of video show his title on the door

(Pelham Mead, Dean of Students). As the camera scans across the outer

room piles of orange files are stacked almost as high as the ceiling. Some

stacks are on the floor. There is almost no room to walk except a path to the

Dean’s office.y

PELHAM MEAD, DEAN OF STUDENTS

(Looking through his desk draws) Damm it

where the hell are my pens?

PELHAM MEAD, DEAN OF STUDENTS

2.

ou(Opens left lower desk draw which is full

of water pistols) I have enough water pistols

to start a toy store. (Opens top left desk

draw) (The top draw is full of decks of

cards, marbles, pea shooters and sling shots.

Nothing but marbles and cards in this draw.

(He opens the desk middle draw and a huge

18 inch hunting knife is in the draw along

with several pocket knives. Hunting knives

and no pens.(Opens Right top draw which is

full of more water pistols). If there were a

market for used water pistols, I would be

rich.(Opens The right lower desk draw, and

the draw is full of cap guns and a pellet gun)

He digs through the cap guns and puts the

pellet gun on top of his desk and on the

bottom of the draw is one single ink pen.

Finally, a pen in a field of cap guns and a

pellet gun. I have an arsenal here. (Mr. Mead

puts all the cap guns and pellet gun back in

the lower right hand draw. On top of the

desk is three trays marked IN, PENDING,

Processed. The IN file is stacked so high it is

cascading into the Pending box. The

Processed file is empty. Lisa how many

students do we have today?

MRS. LISA RODOFSKY, SECRETARY

About fifty Mr. Mead.

PELHAM MEAD, DEAN OF STUDENTS

Fifty? Damm. It is going to take me all day

to interview fifty students. Call down twenty

students during homeroom today, and ten

during 3rd period, ten during 4th period

lunch and ten during 5th period lunch. Make

sure you do not call down any 7th graders

during their 3rd period lunch period, and the

same for 8th graders during 4th period, and

lastly no 9th graders during 5th period

lunch.

(MORE)

3.

MRS. LISA RODOFSKY, SECRETARY

Yes, Mr. Mead. I will start from the bottom

of the list, and call down the first 20 students

during homeroom.

PELHAM MEAD, DEAN OF STUDENTS

Thanks Lisa. I will help you file the

thousands of old files that were never filed if

I get time later today. (Video scans the office

outside the Dean’s office where orange

discipline files are stacked everywhere.

PELHAM MEAD, DEAN OF STUDENTS (CONT’D)

My previous secretary did not know how to

file folders nor did she enjoy filing folders

so we have last year’s folders as well as this

year’s folders. I need to find a better

process.

MRS. LISA RODOFSKY, SECRETARY

(On the school PA system) Will the

following students report to the Dean of

Students office immediately. Gregg Gross,

Mindy Epstein, Sal Vendi, Gerald Rosen,

Mandy Walstein, Paul Hollerman, Jerome

Washington, Lavitia Green, Mohammed

Figal, Brett Wolf, Andy Rothman, Adam

Preenstein,…

Five minutes later a line of students forms outside the Dean’s office and

down the hall past the main office.

PELHAM MEAD, DEAN OF STUDENTS

I am going to speed this up by dealing with

the Lates to class, and cutting class by

assigning them automatically to after-school

detention this afternoon. (Dean Pelham

Mead steps outside in the hallway and

makes an announcement) The following

students were either late to class more than

two times or cut class are here by assigned

to after-school detention.

PELHAM MEAD, DEAN OF STUDENTS

4.

If you are on a Sports team you will not be

allowed to attend practice.Gregg Gross,

Mindy Epstein, Sal Vendi, Gerald Rosen,

Mandy Walstein, Paul Hollerman, Jerome

Washington, Lavitia Green, Mohammed

Figal, Brett Wolf, Andy Rothman, Adam

Preenstein. All other students will remain

here in line until I can interview them.

Those of you that I called can return to class

immediately. Get a pass from Mrs. Rodofsky

to return to class.

PELHAM MEAD, DEAN OF STUDENTS (CONT’D)

Mrs. Rodofsky, send in Malcolm Jones

please.

Malcolm comes into the Dean’s office.

PELHAM MEAD, DEAN OF STUDENTS (CONT’D)

Sit down Malcom. I have a disciplinary

referral from Mr. Knapp that you cursed at

him in class. Is this true Malcom?

MALCOM JONES (13) STUDENT

He got up in my face Mr. Mead.

PELHAM MEAD, DEAN OF STUDENTS

Really? Did he touch or hit you?

MALCOM JONES

No he threatened to call my parents for not

doing any homework.

PELHAM MEAD, DEAN OF STUDENTS

Really? Do you swear at your patents when

you get mad?

MALCOM JONES

No. My father would take my head off.

PELHAM MEAD, DEAN OF STUDENTS

I am going to call your parents now. Is your

mother at home Malcom?

5.

MALCOM JONES

I think so. My father works in New York

city for the Electrical Union and he does not

have a cell phone. Please don’t call my

mother.

PELHAM MEAD, DEAN OF STUDENTS

Hello Mrs. Jones. This is Mr. Mead, Dean of

Students at Kakiat Junior high. I have your

son Malcom in my office this morning. It

seems he cursed out Mr. Knapp his Science

teacher yesterday.

MRS. WELINDA JONES (50) MOTHER

Hello, Yes Mr. Mead. I am sorry to hear that

Malcom could not keep his fat mouth shut

and show his teacher some respect.

PELHAM MEAD, DEAN OF STUDENTS

Normally we would put Malcom in the Inschool

Suspension room for a whole day

where he will not be able to talk and

homework will be sent to keep him busy all

day. He will also eat his lunch in the

Suspension room. We have however an

alternative. If you give your permission I

can have Malcom do Community Service

during his lunch period today picking up

papers on the school grounds. He will have

to do three lunch periods of Community

service instead of a whole day of In-school

suspension. What would you like me to do

Mrs. Jones?

Note: Mrs. Jones is a large 300 pound black woman with an Afro hair style

and a mo mo dress.

MRS. WELINDA JONES

Put that boy in Community Service picking

up papers. Maybe it will teach him to keep

his big mouth shut.

6.

PELHAM MEAD, DEAN OF STUDENTS

OK, I will assign Malcom to 4th period

Community Service today and two days

after. Than you for your support Mrs. Jones.

Have a good day. Goodbye. OK, Malcom

you heard your mother and she approved of

you serving Community Service today and

two other days during your lunch period. At

the beginning of 4th period lunch you will

report to my office with your lunch. If you

do not have lunch we will provide you with

a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and a

container of milk. You have 15 minutes to

finish your lunch. After that you will be

given a plastic trash bag and a paper picker

tool to pick up papers on the Soccer field

and surrounding area. You are not to talk to

your friends or anyone out during lunch

recess. I will personally be observing you

the whole period outdoors to make sure you

are picking up papers the entire time. When

you are done and the bell rings you are to

show your bag contents to me before you

dump it in the dumpster. Do you understand

these instructions Malcom?

MALCOM JONES

Yes, but I am not happy.

PELHAM MEAD, DEAN OF STUDENTS

See you at the beginning of 4th period. Do

not be late or you will get an additional day

of community service. Mrs. Rodofsky who

is next.

FADE OUT.

Later that day Mr. Mead meets the students serving Community Service that

day.

FADE IN:

7.

PELHAM MEAD, DEAN OF STUDENTS (CONT’D)

You students have 15 minutes to eat your

lunch. There is to be no talking. When you

are done I will give you a plastic garbage

bag and a paper picker took to pick up

papers and soda cans or bottles on or around

the Soccer field outside. I will be watching

you the whole time. When the bell rings,

you are to bring your bags back to me to

inspect and then you can dump them in the

dumpster at the back of the building. There

is to be no talking to each other or your

friends. Does everyone understand?

15 minutes later.

PELHAM MEAD, DEAN OF STUDENTS (CONT’D)

OK, here are your garbage bags and paper

picker tool. Put on your coats and let’s go

outside.

On the field Dean Mead is standing on the Soccer field holding a cup of

coffee watching the students picking up papers. It is windy and his hair is

blowing in the wind and it is cold and even with his heavy coat it is

noticeable how cold he is. His face begins to become rosy red from the cold.

He begins spitting on the ground.

PELHAM MEAD, DEAN OF STUDENTS (CONT’D)

Brrrrr, it is as cold as hell out here. Thank

God for this coffee.

When the bell rings all the students turn in their bag of trash and Mr. Mead

inspects them and then tells them to take the bags to the dumpster.

PELHAM MEAD, DEAN OF STUDENTS (CONT’D)

Take the bags to the dumpster and throw

them in. See you tomorrow, same time, same

place.

MALCOM JONES

Man that sucked. I am sorry I cursed at Mr.

Knapp cause this is torture.

Mr. Mead comes back into his office.

8.

PELHAM MEAD, DEAN OF STUDENTS

Boy it was cold outside. Lisa have the

remainder of the students I have to interview

report to my office now.

FADE OUT.

At the end of the Day, Mr. Mead puts on his coat and exits the school by the

side door.

FADE IN:

PELHAM MEAD, DEAN OF STUDENTS (CONT’D)

Holy crap! Someone broke my car

windshield. This is the third time this has

happened. I am going to have to park my car

out in the faculty parking lot to keep it away

from any students. Damm, now I will have

to drive home sitting in a pile of broken

glass.

Mr. Mead is seen sitting in a pile of glass peering through a broken

windshield, squinting his eyes to see.

END Of EPISODE ONE.

FADE TO BLACK.

EPISODE TWO- THE STUDENT 3 WITH A POCKET FULL OF 22 3

CARTRIDGES.

SCENE 1-INT. DAY- DEAN OF STUDENT’S OFFICE.

PELHAM MEAD, DEAN OF STUDENTS

(42)

Good morning Mrs. Rodofsky.

MRS. LISA RODOFSKY, SECRETARY (45)

Good morning Mr. Mead.

Mr. Mead enters his office. Five seconds of video show his title on the door

(Pelham Mead, Dean of Students). As the camera scans across the outer

room piles of orange files are stacked almost as high as the ceiling.

9.

Some stacks are on the floor. There is almost no room to walk except a path

to the Dean’s office.y

PELHAM MEAD, DEAN OF STUDENTS

(Looking through his desk draws) Damm it

where the hell are my pens? ou(Opens left

lower desk draw which is full of water

pistols) I have enough water pistols to start a

toy store. (Opens top left desk draw) (The

top draw is full of decks of cards, marbles,

pea shooters and sling shots. Nothing but

marbles and cards in this draw. (He opens

the desk middle draw and a huge 18 inch

hunting knife is in the draw along with

several pocket knives. Hunting knives and

no pens.(Opens Right top draw which is full

of more water pistols). If there were a

market for used water pistols, I would be

rich.(Opens The right lower desk draw, and

the draw is full of cap guns and a pellet gun)

He digs through the cap guns and puts the

pellet gun on top of his desk and on the

bottom of the draw is one single ink pen.

Finally, a pen in a field of cap guns and a

pellet gun. I have an arsenal here. (Mr. Mead

puts all the cap guns and pellet gun back in

the lower right hand draw. On top of the

desk is three trays marked IN, PENDING,

Processed. The IN file is stacked so high it is

cascading into the Pending box. The

Processed file is empty. Lisa how many

students do we have today?

LISA RODOFSKY, SECRETARY

Less than most days. We have around 25

students. The fear of serving Community

Service in front of their peers is making a lot

of students think twice before cutting a

class.

10.

PELHAM MEAD, DEAN OF STUDENTS

Bengee Magal do you know why you are

here today?

BENGEE MAGAL (12) STUDENT

No, sir.

PELHAM MEAD, DEAN OF STUDENTS

Do you want to empty your pockets

Bengee?

BENGEE MAGAL

What for Mr. Mead?

PELHAM MEAD, DEAN OF STUDENTS

Your teacher Mr. Ross has reported to me

that you were playing with live bullets in

class. Is that true?

BENGEE MAGAL

I found them at the bus stop.

PELHAM MEAD, DEAN OF STUDENTS

Do you realize how dangerous it could be to

you and your fellow students and teacher if

one of those bullets exploded in your hand

or pocket?

BENGEE MAGAL

I only have 8 bullets. Here they are

(dumpling the bullets on Dean Mead’s

desk).

PELHAM MEAD, DEAN OF STUDENTS

(Picking up the bullets and examining them)

These look like 22 long bullets Bangee.

Where did you get these bullets?

BENGEE MAGAL

They were lying on the ground at the bus

stop, and I picked them up and put them in

my pocket.

11.

PELHAM MEAD, DEAN OF STUDENTS

Really? Mrs. Rodofsky, Bangee and I are

going to take a little ride in my car. We will

be back soon. Come on Bangee we are

going for a ride in my car.

BENGEE MAGAL

Where are we going?

PELHAM MEAD, DEAN OF STUDENTS

We are going to your bus stop to see if we

can find anymore bullets on the ground.

Half way across the parking lot Bangee makes an admission of guilt.

BENGEE MAGAL

Mr. Mead, stop. We don’t need to drive to

the bus stop. I lied. I stole the bullets from a

coffee can in my neighbors garage. I saw the

bullets in the coffee can one day and I stole

them from our neighbor. I brought them to

school to show to my friends. I didn’t mean

any harm. Honest.

PELHAM MEAD, DEAN OF STUDENTS

Well then let’s go back to my office.

When they get back to Mr. Mead’s office.

PELHAM MEAD, DEAN OF STUDENTS (CONT’D)

Bengee bringing bullets or guns to school is

a serious offense. We have a zero tolerance

policy in this school district and you could

be expelled from school by the

Superintendent of Schools and put on home

tutoring or sent to another school district in

Rockland county that will take you.

BENGEE MAGAL

(Begins to cry) Please Mr. Mead, do not call

my parents. They will kill me.

12.

PELHAM MEAD, DEAN OF STUDENTS

The law requires me to contact your parents

and inform the Principal of your

misconduct. It is out of my hands what the

Principal wants to do with you. This is your

first offense, so that will help your case, but

your parents will have to come into the

school, and meet with the Principal, Mr.

Pollak and myself and we will take it from

their. Let me call your parents first. Hello

Mrs. Magal? This is Mr. Mead, Dean of

Students at Kakiat Junior High. I am calling

you today because I have your son Bengee

in my office. He seems to have stolen some

22 calibre bullets from your next door

neighbors garage where they were in a

coffee can. He brought the bullets to school

and showed them to his friends in class. The

teacher reported him to my office and I

interviewed Bengee and determined that he

was lying about finding the bullets on the

ground at his bus stop. Can you and your

husband come in today and meet with

Principal Gerald Pollak and myself to

discuss Bengee’s situation. He may be

suspended from school because we have a

zero tolerance rule for guns and

ammunition.

MRS. MAGAL, (48) MOTHER

I am shocked to hear my son stole bullets

and brought them to school. I will call my

husband, and we will be able to come to

Kakiat Junior high this afternoon at 2:00

o’clock.

PELHAM MEAD, DEAN OF STUDENTS

Good, I will confirm this with Principal

Pollak for meeting with him at 2:00 today.

Thank you for your cooperation Mrs. Magal.

(MORE)

13.

Later that day at 2:00.

LISA RODOFSKY, SECRETARY

Mr. Mead, Mr. And Mrs.Magal Are here

waiting for you.

PELHAM MEAD, DEAN OF STUDENTS

Put them in the conference room and call

down Bengee, while I get Mr. Pollak to sit in

on this meeting.

LISA RODOFSKY, SECRETARY

Will do. Mr. And Mrs. Magal would you like

a cup of water or anything? Please sit in the

conference room until we can get your son

Bengee down here and Mr. Pollak as soon as

he is available.

Minutes later.

BENGEE MAGAL

Hi Mom and Dad.

MR. MADAL

Sit down Bengee. We are not happy.

BENGEE MAGAL

Sorry.

Mr. Pollak and Mr. Mead enter the conference room.

GERALD POLLAK, PRINCIPAL OF KAKIAT

JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL

Sorry for the delay Mr. And Mrs. Magal. I

was on the phone with the District lawyer

and the Superintendent of Schools regarding

the legality of bring live ammunition into

school. As you may know we have a zero

tolerance policy regarding guns and bullets

brought to school. If Bengee was 16 it

would be a felony violation and he would

have to be arrested.

GERALD POLLAK, PRINCIPAL OF KAKIAT

14.

I have spoken to the Dean of Students, Mr.

Mead and since this is Bengee’s first offense

we are not going to suspend him from

school for a week or sent him to another

school district. With your permission he will

participate in picking up papers during his

lunch period for one month in our

Community Service program supervised by

Dean Pelham Mead. If he has any other

discipline problems in the next school year I

will have to recommend that he be removed

from school and sent to another school in the

district. Do you understand your rights Mr.

And Mrs. Magel?

MRS. MAGAL,MOTHER

I am so embarrassed for Bengee’s behavior.

This is not the way we brought him up. I

don’t know what I am going to tell our

neighbors? We will prefer to have Bengee

serve community service then be suspended

from school.

GERALD POLLAK, PRINCIPAL OF KAKIAT

JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL

OK, Mr. Mead will give you the form to

sign giving your permission to have Bengee

serve Community Service for one month.

You must provide a bag lunch for him since

he will not be permitted to buy hot lunch for

one month.

MR. MADAL, FATHER

Thank you Principal Pollak and Dean Mead.

I have to get back to work. Bengee we will

talk with you tonight. Good bye.

FADE OUT.

15.

EPISODE THREE- EXT. DAY- FACULTY PARKING LOT.

Mr. Mead arrives for school at 8:00 a.m. in his Volkswagen hatchback car

with no windshield. He had a ski hat on and a scarf and ski jacket on and

gloves. His face looks white and frozen from the cold air coming through the

open windshield.

RICK KNAPP, (25)SCIENCE TEACHER

Hey Pel where is your windshield? You look

like you are frozen. What happened?

PELHAM MEAD, DEAN OF STUDENTS

One of our students who was unhappy with

me for some reason broke my windshield

with a rock. I had to drive home in a pile of

broken glass. I don’t have time to get

another windshield until this weekend. It

was kind of like driving a snowmobile.

RICK KNAPP,

You certain are funny looking. (Laughing)

You better get snow goggles too.

They both walk into the school from the faculty parking lot.

PELHAM MEAD, DEAN OF STUDENTS

Are you sure you wouldn’t like to serve as

the Dean of Students?

RICK KNAPP,

No way, not me. I am a Union Rep and not

an administrator. Good luck with that job.

See you later.

PELHAM MEAD, DEAN OF STUDENTS

(42)

Good morning Mrs. Rodofsky.

MRS. LISA RODOFSKY, SECRETARY (45)

Good morning Mr. Mead.

Mr. Mead enters his office. Five seconds of video show his title on the door

(Pelham Mead, Dean of Students). As the camera scans across the outer

room piles of orange files are stacked almost as high as the ceiling.

(MORE)

16.

Some stacks are on the floor. There is almost no room to walk except a path

to the Dean’s office.

PELHAM MEAD, DEAN OF STUDENTS

(Looking through his desk draws) Damm it

where the hell are my pens? (Opens left

lower desk draw which is full of water

pistols) I have enough water pistols to start a

toy store. (Opens top left desk draw) (The

top draw is full of decks of cards, marbles,

pea shooters and sling shots. Nothing but

marbles and cards in this draw. (He opens

the desk middle draw and a huge 18 inch

hunting knife is in the draw along with

several pocket knives. Hunting knives and

no pens.(Opens Right top draw which is full

of more water pistols). If there were a

market for used water pistols, I would be

rich.(Opens The right lower desk draw, and

the draw is full of cap guns and a pellet gun)

He digs through the cap guns and puts the

pellet gun on top of his desk and on the

bottom of the draw is one single ink pen.

Finally, a pen in a field of cap guns and a

pellet gun. I have an arsenal here. (Mr. Mead

puts all the cap guns and pellet gun back in

the lower right hand draw. On top of the

desk is three trays marked IN, PENDING,

Processed. The IN file is stacked so high it is

cascading into the Pending box. The

Processed file is empty. Lisa how are we

doing on filing the discipline folders? I am

planning on using my Apple Pet computer

and create a data base of all students that are

disciplined on Appleworks. I will install the

program on your computer for you and show

you how to access the data base. I am going

to use only 10 keywords. That will make

sorting by different infractions easier.

PELHAM MEAD, DEAN OF STUDENTS

17.

I can print out the whole week each Friday

and give Mr. Pollak a copy for his files.

LISA RODOFSKY, SECRETARY

Sounds good to me. It is going to take

forever to file all these discipline folders.

Many of last years 9th graders have already

gone up to the high school. I have to keep

them separate to send up to the high schools

to help them update their files. They haven’t

used computers yet in storing their files. We

are way ahead of them in technology.

PELHAM MEAD, DEAN OF STUDENTS

Great. How many students do I have to

interview today?

LISA RODOFSKY, SECRETARY

About 25 students. The late to class and

class cutters have gone down because they

do not want to pick up papers in front of

their friends.

PELHAM MEAD, DEAN OF STUDENTS

Good that means my new approach is

working. The in-school suspension room is

mostly empty now. I moved those students

into Community Service to give the teachers

a break having to give up a prep period to sit

in the In-school suspension room for a

whole period.

LISA RODOFSKY, SECRETARY

First up is Lashonda Williams.

PELHAM MEAD, DEAN OF STUDENTS

Come right in Lashonda. Have a seat. You

were recommended to me for fighting with

another girl during lunch time. What is your

side of the story?

18.

LASHONDA WILLIAMS (14) STUDENT

Well Mr. Mead, Tereshia Jones tried to take

my boyfriend Jamal away from me so I had

to teach the bitch a lesson.

PELHAM MEAD, DEAN OF STUDENTS

Fighting in school is not permitted. If you

have a problem you go to your guidance

counselor and tell them about it, not starting

a fist fight on the Soccer field. Normally, we

suspend students who fight in school, but I

am going to give you a break and ask your

parents to allow you to serve in Community

service..

LASHONDA WILLIAMS

What is Community Service Mr. Mead?

PELHAM MEAD, DEAN OF STUDENTS

Instead of being suspended from school and

missing a full week of classes you get to

pick up papers during your lunch period for

one week. That way you don’t miss any of

your classes and schoolwork.

LASHONDA WILLIAMS

Picking up papers Hell No.

PELHAM MEAD, DEAN OF STUDENTS

If you refuse then I will be forced to suspend

you for one to two weeks out of school. You

will fall behind in your work and probably

fail the semester. In addition the suspension

will go on your permanent record for future

colleges or Employers to see if they want to

accept you. The next time you get in trouble

you may be expelled permanently and have

to go to night school to get a diploma. So

what will it be Lashonda.

19.

LASHONDA WILLIAMS

When you put it that way, I will pick up

papers instead.

PELHAM MEAD, DEAN OF STUDENTS

Good, meet me in front of my office

tomorrow at the beginning of 4th period.

This is all pending on a phone call to your

parents for their permission for your to serve

community service.

Later that day Mr. Mead goes outdoors third period, fourth period and fifth

period to supervised community service. The day was especially windy and

cold. Mr. Mead had a cup of coffee and his ski jacket on with the hood over

his head to protect him from the wind. He looked like a frozen corpse.

PELHAM MEAD, DEAN OF STUDENTS (CONT’D)

Time to go out for community service. If

anyone has an emergency just call me on the

walkie talkie and I will come running. Now

it is time to freeze to death on the Soccer

field.

LISA RODOFSKY, SECRETARY

Stay warm Mr. Mead.

At the end of the day Mr. Mead walks out to the empty faculty parking lot

where his VW hatchback is parked with no windshield. He puts on his ski

hat, gloves and scarf around his ski jacket and drives off with the cold wind

in his face.

FADE TO BLACK.

EPISODE FOUR- TROUBLE IN THE EH (EMOTIONALLY

HANDICAPPED) CLASSROOM.

PELHAM MEAD, DEAN OF STUDENTS

(42)

Good morning Mrs. Rodofsky.

MRS. LISA RODOFSKY, SECRETARY (45)

Good morning Mr. Mead.

(MORE)

20.

Mr. Mead enters his office. Five seconds of video show his title on the door

(Pelham Mead, Dean of Students). As the camera scans across the outer

room piles of orange files are stacked almost as high as the ceiling. Some

stacks are on the floor. There is almost no room to walk except a path to the

Dean’s office.y

PELHAM MEAD, DEAN OF STUDENTS

(Looking through his desk draws) Damm it

where the hell are my pens? ou(Opens left

lower desk draw which is full of water

pistols) I have enough water pistols to start a

toy store. (Opens top left desk draw) (The

top draw is full of decks of cards, marbles,

pea shooters and sling shots. Nothing but

marbles and cards in this draw. (He opens

the desk middle draw and a huge 18 inch

hunting knife is in the draw along with

several pocket knives. Hunting knives and

no pens.(Opens Right top draw which is full

of more water pistols). If there were a

market for used water pistols, I would be

rich.(Opens The right lower desk draw, and

the draw is full of cap guns and a pellet gun)

He digs through the cap guns and puts the

pellet gun on top of his desk and on the

bottom of the draw is one single ink pen.

Finally, a pen in a field of cap guns and a

pellet gun. I have an arsenal here. (Mr. Mead

puts all the cap guns and pellet gun back in

the lower right hand draw. On top of the

desk is three trays marked IN, PENDING,

Processed. The IN file is stacked so high it is

cascading into the Pending box. The

Processed file is empty. Lisa how many

students do we have today?

LISA RODOFSKY, SECRETARY

About ten, Mr. Mead. The numbers are

going down finally. Oh, you have a call on

the intercom. Miss Gravely say she has an

emergency.

LISA RODOFSKY, SECRETARY (CONT’D)

21.

One of her male students named Mohammed

Moosher is freaking out and threatening to

hurt everyone in the class. She wants you

and security to rush to her room.

PELHAM MEAD, DEAN OF STUDENTS

Tell her I am on the way. Call the security

guards and tell them to meet me at the EH

class on the first floor.

Pelham Mead jogs down to the EH class. Upon his arrival he opens the door

and sees furniture and tables and chairs upside down all over the classroom.

All the students are pinned against the wall including the teacher in fear of

the student at the far end of the room who was cursing and threatening

everyone in the room with his black umbrella.

PELHAM MEAD, DEAN OF STUDENTS (CONT’D)

Mohammed, I am the Dean of students. You

need to calm down. What is the problem?

You also need to stop threatening everyone

with that umbrella. Are you alright Miss

Gravely?

Mohammed is an average size black student with short cut hair and no facial

hairs. He is a very muscular student being a year older that the rest of the

students. He has a very base voice and stutters a little when talking.

MOHAMMED MOOSHER, (15) STUDENT

Fuck you Mr. Med or whatever your name

is. I asked Miss Gravely if I could take a few

days off from school to make some money

working and she said No.

PELHAM MEAD, DEAN OF STUDENTS

If you take off from school you can be

arrested by the District truancy officer and

be in a lot of trouble. Come on Mohammed

let’s go out in the hallway and talk this over.

MOHAMMED MOOSHER,

Fuck you. I am not going anywhere.

22.

SECURITY GUARD DAN HEALY, (60)

Do you need help Mr. Mead?

PELHAM MEAD, DEAN OF STUDENTS

No Dan, I got this under control.

Stay around just in case. Mohammed

if you don’t come out, I am going

to have to drag you out in the

hallway.

MOHAMMED MOOSHER,

Fuck you asshole. Try and take this

umbrella away from me.

PELHAM MEAD, DEAN OF STUDENTS

This is your last chance Mohammed.

I am coming in and I am going to

take your umbrella away and drag

you by your neck out into the

hallway for the rest of the school

to see.

MOHAMMED MOOSHER,

(Mohammed raised the umbrella high in the

air as Mr. Mead charged him) You can’t

have my umbrella.

PELHAM MEAD, DEAN OF STUDENTS

Give me the umbrella or I am going to wrap

it around your throat.

Mr. Mead was a Wrestling champion in High school and college and he kept

himself in the best physical condition possible at 160 pounds over

Mohammed who weighed around 120 pounds.

Mr. Mead grabbed the umbrella and Mohammed behind the neck and

dragged him out into the hallway. There Mohammed tried to punch Mr.

Mead and he blocked the punch and judo flipped Mohammed to the foor.

Suddenly, all the classroom doors opened and the teachers stuck their heads

out to see what was going on. They were amazed to see the Dean of Students

wrestling with an EH student. I was the event of the month for the teachers

when they gossiped about what happened in the teacher cafeteria everyday.

Later, Mr. Mead got Mohammed in a head lock and dragged him down to

the Dean’s office. Dan the Security officer helped by bringing the umbrella

along.

23.

PELHAM MEAD, DEAN OF STUDENTS (CONT’D)

Lisa inform Mr. Pollak that I have a violent

student I want arrested by the Rampo Police

department. I will press charges of

assaulting a teacher and administrator in

addition to threatening the other students in

the class with bodily harm. I am going to

lock him in the conference room until the

police get here.

LISA RODOFSKY, SECRETARY

I am calling Mr. Pollak on the intercom right

now and the Ramapo Police department.

PELHAM MEAD, DEAN OF STUDENTS

Thank you. Now I have to catch my breath. I

haven’t wrestled since College.

Haitians

Student with 18 inch Hunting Knife

Student with Water pistols and pea shooters and sling shots.

Student with Pellet Gun

Student with umbrella in Emotionally Disturbed classroom

Students that cut class, late to class, disrupting a class and other non-violent

actions.

Students serving Community Service- During Lunch Hours, given Peanut

butter and jelly sandwich and small container of milk if they did not bring

lunch. 15 min. Then given leaf rake or plastic bag to pick up papers and

garbage on school property.

Dean Pel Mead supervised lunch community service while eating his lunch,

Fall, winter (snow on the ground) and Spring.

Trimming bushes which turned out to have poison ivy in them.

End of the school year emptying out of Dean’s desk full of plastic water

pistols which had to be smashed, knives of all sizes and a pellet gun. Could

not be thrown in the dumpster or students would dive in after the knives, etc.

24.

Picture visually of Dean Mead dumping hundreds of plastic water pistols on

the floor along with knives, pea shooters, sling shots and one pellet gun.

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