There was an act of vandalism in the music classroom. It was a lot of gum with a strong scent. I was walking around and I walked by you and you had the exact scent, could you explain yourself?!
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When the kids in Jacks grade got moved to a new school, Jack thought he was fine being away from his father because he was the janitor the old school, sadly his father went with the switch & a kid threw up in Jacks class and they called the Janitor & Jacks dad learned it up and before he left he said "Bye dad."
Jack was angry at his dad because he embarrassed him infant of this class so, Jack was in school & chewed up 13 pieces of gum and decided to stick it under the desk music class. His father is the janitor of the school and will have to clean it.
The principal of the school, Mr. Acerb discovers the huge mess of bubblegum under the desk and searches around to really figure out who was the person who vandalized the desk with gum. The desk and area smelt like artificial watermelon & it seems that the principal spotted Jack with the same scent hands and brought him to the office.
His punishment due to his vandalism was to stay after school for 3 weeks and clean up gum with his father. He was disappointed in himself due to his plan not working.
When Jack was in the auditorium, he saw a door that lead to a room that was supposedly the steam room, he walked down and then saw a hallway to a living space under the school. Jack explored and then proceeded to go back up and told his father what he found, his father then told him how people live there when they have no where to go. So then he gets happy that he discovers how cool it is
The theme of the story is that Jack sees that he was embarrassed by his father all growing up due to his job. He then sees that he had to help him with his job & sees that it isn't that bad and feels bad for this gum plan.