I was there because before my mother left, she'd angrily marched there to complain about my bullying, and they'd called in Meredith and her mother, too.
Meredith shot me a glare that could melt steel. "Tattletale," I could hear her mumble. "You are sure gonna get it now."
Tossing her hair in my face, she sat down in one of the chairs opposite the principal. My mother was on one end and her mother -- basically a grown up version of her daughter -- was on the other.
Meredith's mother proceeded to blame me for being teased. It was as Harriet's grandmother says, the apple didn't fall too far from the tree. "If you so much as punish my daughter for what that girl did," she said, "there is no end to what I can do."
Principal Ballard caved, only giving Meredith detention for three days, only saying he was limited in what he could do. She was going to be there after school for two of them anyway, because of talent show rehearsals, so she wasn't being punished at all. And all he said to me was, "Since you're a good student, I'm only going to give you a warning."
Why should I be warned for something I didn't do?