SCENE 1, INTERIOR. MORNING, CLASSROOM. The class is working on their literacy tests. The room is completely silent as the students answer questions via laptops. Suddenly, there is a loud outburst of noise from the area of the students’ backpacks.
BACKPACK: What you gon’ do with all that junk? All that junk inside your trunk?
[The class’ attention is immediately snapped as one to the rows of backpacks lining the south wall of the room. The teacher stops helping a student with a question and stands].
TEACHER: All right, whose backpack is serenading us?
BACKPACK: I’m a get, get, get, get, you drunk; get you love drunk off my hump…
[The teacher walks to the coat rack and removes the cell phone that is singing even louder now that its been removed from the shadowy confines of the JanSport].
CELL PHONE: My Humps, my humps, my lovely lady lumps; check it out!
[The class is trying very hard not to laugh, but several giggles erupt from the corners of the room anyhow. The teacher switches the ringer off and glances at the phone display that reads, “mom.”].
JOHN: Hey, that’s Joey’s backpack!
BRENNA: Yeah, then that must be Joey’s phone, Mr. Z.
TEACHER: Okay then class, get back to your tests. Joey, would you please come here for a minute?
[The class still utters a few giggles as they return to their laptops. Joey’s face is burning red with embarrassment as he approaches the teacher.]
JOEY: [Whispered] Mr. Z, it’s my mom’s cell phone…
TEACHER: [Whispered back] Your mom has herself listed as ‘MOM’ in her own phone?
JOEY: Uh…[The boy looks at the floor and whispers]. No, because it’s not really her phone...
TEACHER: [The teacher ponders this statement for a silent moment, then raises his voice just loud enough for the entire class to hear]. Joey the next time your mom lends you her phone, will you please make sure you turn the ringer off before you put it in your backpack?
[The boy grins and nods his head].
TEACHER: You can pick her phone up after school.
JOEY: [Whispered] Thanks Mr. Z.
[The teacher gives a subtle wink as Joey returns to his desk and recommences work on his test].
Fade to black.