While T.J. was at the Logans' house, he snatched cheat notes for Mama's history test. During the exam, he slipped out the notes. Stacey told him to put them away, but as Miz Logan was walking toward them T.J. passed the notes to Stacey and he was caught with them and Miz Logan could only assume he was cheating.
After school, and after Stacey had received punishment of whipping and a failed score, T.J. dashed out of school to avoid the consequence of Stacey's anger. Stacey is informed T.J. is fleeing to the Wallace store and decides to follow him. Stacey orders his siblings to go home, but they refuse and follow Stacey.
When the Logan children, along with others from school, arrive at the Wallace store T.J. is already fleeing to escape, but Stacey knocks him down. Stacey, being much stronger than T.J., pulls T.J. up and knocks him squarely in the face. The fighting continues until Mr. Morrison arrives and physically breaks up the fight.