The author is a teacher. Joe Baron is a pseudonym.
‘F**k off!’ he shouts. John is typical of many of our kids: stunted, undernourished and utterly feral.
‘Come here, please,’ I reply, consciously controlling the tone of my voice. Tone is so important. I want it to exude authority, but not anger, even though I am feeling pretty annoyed. I look back sensing another, menacing presence. Ben, a short, portly year 7 pupil with crooked teeth approaches. He walks with purpose. He is clearly disheveled, upset and, dare I say it,seething with anger.