MOOSONEE: In a startling turn of events last Monday morning, Robert Chakasim arrived six minutes late for school because of the slower pace of the student walking in front of him on the road. Not wishing to endure the embarrassment of appearing more keen on getting to school than the upper level student walking at a snail’s pace in front of him, Chakasim matched his pace at an appropriate distance, causing the ensuing lateness.
“I didn’t know what to do,” said the frustrated grade 10 student. “He was going so slow, but he was a cool kid and I didn’t want to look like a real keener running past him to get to school. He’s a grade 12.”
Using the sidewalk on the other side of the road was not possible due to the absence of sidewalks.
Chakasim made the choice to endure the consequences for his self imposed tardiness. Which, as it turned out, is nothing.
Nevertheless, he wishes to avoid such incidences in the future.
“I suppose I could just time it a little bit better so that I’m not behind him, but it doesn't really matter. I’m late all the time as it is. But I usually try to be on time.”
Chakasim was unwilling to share the identity of the cool grade 12 student in front of him.