Jim Donnini was a tough quiet boy. He kept to himself and never showed his emotions. He seemed to not care about anything but his boots.
The Kid Nobody Could Handle
Those boots, the jacket - and he won't talk. He likes to get off by himself.
There's one tiny corner of the universe I confide in. For students, making sure they find their corner is about the biggest jobs us teachers have. Do you like music, Jim?
Helmholtz attempted to strike passion and positivity into Jim. He wanted for Jim to see the world as beautiful as he ought it was. However, Jim acted nonchalant and uninterested.
That's a laugh. All I ever got out of this dump was a hard time.
Helmholtz catches Jim vandalizing the school. He is devastated and angry but Jim does not care.
If you smashed up all of the schools, we wouldn't have any hope left.. The hope that everybody will be glad they are alive.
The world has not been fair to me.
Helmholtz finds out that Jim is just a vulnerable and frustrated boy deep inside. In exchange for his boots, Helmholtz gives Jim his trumpet. With time, he believes the trumpet will change Jim and bring hope into his life.
Here's my treasure. I give it to you to smash. You can have the added pleasure of watching my heart break while you do it, or you can learn to play it. You're somebody Jim.
Quinn tells Helmholtz he is sending Jim back home. When Jim returns back the trumpet, Helmholtz smashes the instrument to show Jim possessions are worthless. Helmholtz was falling apart and Jim's eyes filled with pity and alarm. They came alive.
That will be the end of him. He is a bundle of scar tissue.
I can't help him; I can't hurt him. Nobody can. The experts will figure out what to do with a kid like that.
Helmholtz offers Jim a spot in the school's C band, a place where Jim can belong. A place that could potentially be Jim's corner as well. Helmholtz gave Jim a new identity and purpose. After all, Jim Donnini was now the boy with John Philip Sousa's trumpet.
Love yourself! And make your instrument sing about it.