The story of Mr Rhodes and how we must not bring guns to a word-fight

Author, Benjamin Rukwengye. PHOTO/FILE. 

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Let us say someone tweets something that stings you, or a Facebook post that does everything but flatter you, or even a column that disparages you, and you have the power and means to do something about it. How do you respond?

During the first lockdown, I was searching the internet for children’s stories and landed on one titled, “A Teacher’s Punishment”. It is a short story about a teacher called Mr Rhodes, and his student, Miss Ava. One day, Ava races against time, trying to get to her class before the bell rings. Just as she reaches the doorway, the bell rings and Mr Rhodes locks her out.


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