No hint of suspicion from anybody, and surely this morning would have been the time for them to pounce. Whew. I arrived at the school office early and learned all three gym instructors were out unexpectedly, so, after a last-minute scramble by the school secretary, two more subs were found. Despite a completely sub-run class, the ninety minutes went fairly smoothly. I've had many of them (eighth graders) in other classes this year, which helped a lot.
I can't deny I'm relieved to have this concern behind me. I consider it a valuable learning, experience, tho, as it's given me a small taste of the sort of anxiety I know many people are forced to endure every day merely for fitting some broad, superficial profile.
Thank you all again for your words of encouragement.
I'll probly know sometime tomorrow (Friday) morning if the police and school authorities think it's me. I have a substitute teaching job at one of the middle schools, temporarily located in trailers since a tornado ripped up the school building a year ago. They could simply be waiting for me to arrive to snap the cuffs on and drag me into an interrogation room.
What I heard of the description sounded like me. The schools superintendent did a roto-call, which included my cellphone, alerting all school employees that a man with shoulder length white or grayish hair offered a school girl a ride after classes today. She refused and he chased her. That's all I heard.
Didn't hear where it happened. If it was near the high school, which is where I've done all of my subbing thus far this year, I could be a suspect. Didn't hear if the man was driving a white Ford Ranger pickup, like mine, which could make me the prime suspect.
I have no alibi if it happened when I drove alone to the dump and the Post Office this afternoon. I don't want to arouse suspicion by calling for more information. I know I didn't offer anybody a ride today, and have never and would never offer a student a ride unless I knew the family as friends, and even then I would be hesitant.
Here's my main concern: What if the girl who reported the incident has been in one of my classes? She could be either a high school or middle school student, as the tornado-displaced seventh and eighth grade kids now attend classes in trailers parked at the high school. My students for the most part have been well-behaved, but I have had to send several of them to the office for being disruptive in class. What if this is a revenge thing and it comes down to my word against a group of kids with no idea of or compunction for the damage they could do?
This has given me serious pause. Male teachers are especially vulnerable to this sort of malicious accusation, I should think. I'm not paranoid, but I'm suddenly feeling rather alone facing a potentially hostile environment.
I'm going in tomorrow morning to do my job. I don't expect anything unpleasant to happen. But I doubt I will look at this job or the school environment quite the same way ever again.
If some jackass with hair like mine did do what the report says he did, and they catch him, I'd like to have ten minutes alone with the sonofabitch in a soundproof room.