In the high school hierarchy, there are a couple main neighborhoods where students grow up in. One is the rich part of town. Kids from here are generally higher up on the social ladder and do pretty well at making friends. But there is a large percentage of these students who manage to be the crudest people imaginable. Even though their social skills are atrocious, they get high spots in student organizations because money is power.
Some are from the average neighborhoods, nothing too special there. The bright side of these kids is that they aren't too snobby and stuck up. These kids make friends by appealing to those who don't like the ostentatiousness of the rich kids.
Everyone else gets lumped into the 'other' category. Whether a person is rich or not pretty much ends up defining their whole high school experience.
People who move into the school system have it the worst. These kids are the ones who have no friends or social contacts already made, making them easy pickings for the bullies. Most are also one of the easiest ones for the administration to entice with whispers of power. A lack of prior knowledge on the school's history certainly helps pour water on any flames of rebellion.
But Eman was different. Of course, he had to be different in order for there to be a story here. Business as usual is not a story. And no business is bigger than education.
As someone who moved into the school system, Eman was expected to slink around in misery for awhile before the school offered him a position of power, in exchange for his loyalty and denial of the truth.
This time, the mind-numbing bureaucracy managed to do at least some good. In the whole 3 weeks it took for the heads of student activities to find out about the new kid, J.B. got to Eman first. When the word 'first' is used, it is used in the term one might use to describe a political campaign. That campaign may have gotten to a crime scene first, but a crime happened 'first'.
In this case, the crime was none other than bullying. Lyons Central, like any school, has a problem with bullying, and the current financial situation does nothing to help. To save money, the bank ordered the entire ant-bullying department to be disbanded, and the money diverted to pay for pensions. The bullies smelled blood, and snapped up anyone they pleased. Without any retaliation in store for them, the only solace a victim could get was either J.B.'s message of peace, or the toxic promise of power in the administration.
J.B.'s message of doing good always seems to work magic. Students have been known to get right back up and run a mile after a bullying episode, and Eman's response seemed absolutely normal. That is, until Eman immediately bent over and began tying J.B.'s shoes.
"This isn't how it works. My job is to help others, not for others to help me," J.B. started in on his personal story, but quickly got interrupted by Eman.
In their conversation, Eman got his message across that he was the one who would come to deliver everyone in the school from their educational bondage. Accustomed to having to explain himself, J.B. found himself in the unique position of needing to ask questions on the finer details of Eman's vision. Here, J.B. saw a boy who knew how to unite the school, and also sow fear into the hearts of the wicked. This let J.B. make his final speech the next day in peace.