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The boy who wanted to be bad

By David Rose   March 2000

Mr Turnball stabbed Kevin Threlfall in the neck with his biro. Mr Turnball taught maths. Or, at least, he handed out photocopied sheets at the beginning of each lesson and waited at the front should any questions arise, which they never did because the class was largely preoccupied dodging the missiles thrown by Kevin Threlfall.

Kevin wasn’t a particularly nasty child. He was more of an irritation. He floated around somewhere between the rebellious and the pathetic. He was streamed into middle sets, never clever enough to be moved on, and not belligerent enough to be kept back. His attempts…

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