SCENE 1, INTERIOR. NOON. CLASSROOM. The school has just been removed from lockdown status. The students are taking the rest of their lunch recess indoors. The teacher is returning to the classroom from the cafeteria with one of his fifth grade students. After a few moments, the boy turns to his teacher.
JOEY: Why was the school on lockdown, Mr. Z?
TEACHER: We already talked about the reasons a school would go on lockdown in class, Joey; it was probably nothing.
JOEY: So, was there anyone dangerous here at the school?
TEACHER: Just because a school goes on lockdown doesn’t mean that there’s dangerous men in masks running around in the hallways.
TEACHER: I’m serious, Joey…everything’s fine.
JOEY: [The boy flashes the teacher a serious look] Mr. Z…
[The teacher pauses in the hallway and faces the boy. He looks to the left and right before speaking in a low, conspiratorial voice].
TEACHER: Okay, here’s the real story…the one you’re not supposed to know about [The teacher pauses, and the boy leans in slightly]. A unicorn was sighted out on the playground. [The boy raises an eyebrow]. The principal called for a lockdown because it was prancing back and forth, shooting magical rainbow wishes from its mane and tail; you see, he didn’t want to share any of the wishes with the rest of the school, he wanted to keep them all to himself.
JOEY: [The boy tries not to smile and rolls his eyes]. Sure, Mr. Z…
TEACHER: Hey...for unicorn wishes, I’d have called for a lockdown, too.
SCENE 2, INTERIOR. NOON. CLASSROOM. Lunch recess has ended and the teacher is reminding the students a second time of proper procedure during a lockdown. After a few moments one of the students raises his hand.
TEACHER: What's your question, Joey?
JOEY: What if somebody breaks into our classroom?
TEACHER: Then I'd have to protect you all with my ninja skills and sheer awesomeness.
[A ripple of laughter moves through the class].
JOEY: What if he were really tough though?
TEACHER: Then I'm afraid I'd have to use these [The teacher holds up his fists with a flourish and grins]. In fact, if I were to put them into my pockets, I'd probably be arrested for carrying concealed weapons.
[The class bursts into laughter].
[Fade to black].