SCENE 1, EXTERIOR. MORNING, CROSSWALK. Students are arriving by ones and twos to school. The sun is about to rise above the snowy, eastern mountains. The teacher is on crosswalk duty, and is crossing students with the aid of the large stop sign. A boy waits on the opposite side of the street, practically busting with the need to share something with his teacher. Even before he’s crossed, he begins to talk excitedly from the other side of the street. The teacher moves to the crosswalk and stops traffic so the boy can safely pass.
JOEY: (excited) Mr. Z, guess what?
TEACHER: Good morning, Joey, what’s up?
JOEY: You’ll never guess what I watched on TV last night…
[The teacher shrugs as the child stops in the middle of the street. The teacher urges him to the other side, the boy still talking the whole way].
JOEY: I was watching this program last night about this murderer. It was a special on him because he caught this kid and drowned him in a lake and his body was found later on because the kid was dead. Now, the guy has been caught and he’s gonna go to trial for what he did and he will probably be in jail for the rest of his life or might even get the death penalty!
TEACHER: (somewhat speechless) Uh…whoa. And here I thought you were going to tell me that you saw High School Musical 3.
[The boy turns and begins to amble up the sidewalk, shaking his head].
JOEY: No, I’m not allowed to watch that, my mom says it’s inappropriate.
[Fade to black].