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Lucy’s Article 2: The Result of Running From School in Ghana

Article #31 in the YCC Kids Club Ghana Student Life Stories Project
The Result of Running Away From School

By Lawani Lucy, Age 13

“Run fast, Lucy!” my friend shouted. “Pass over to the other side of the road so they won’t see us!”

On the fifth of March, 2010, my friend Bless and I decided to run away from school. We were hungry to a great extent, but at that moment we did not even have money to buy water to drink. So my friend told me we should run away from school to find food.

The author, Lucy.
The author, Lucy.

At first I refused, but later on I agreed we should go. But I had never run away from school before! What if we saw a teacher on the way? I am in the Junior High School, and the teachers are many. But my friend influenced me to run, and off we went!

Almost immediately, we saw walking right towards us… our headmaster. We went to swerve, but our headmaster saw us. He demanded our name, and we longed to call out a different person’s name, but that day was Wednesday and thus that day we had heard a sermon in school about the word of God, so I didn’t want to tell any lie on that day.

With a Ghanaian classmate.
With a Ghanaian classmate.

We called out our names truthfully, and the headmaster told us that we should both come to his office early the next morning.

The next morning when we came into the Headmaster’s office, we saw a big cane on the table. At that moment I thought, “If I had known…” but immediately the headmaster boomed: “Hey! Lucy and Bless, come here!”

Then I saw a giant man that I didn’t even know, and I started to remember back to the time I was born, and I just shook my head and tried to sleep on the table as the cane went: “Sluch! Sluch! Sluch!” at my back.

I cried very hard that day, and I didn’t even talk to anybody.

Later, the headmaster said that we should dig a hole to continue our punishment. My friend refused at first, but ultimately he agreed. We both did that work, digging the heavy dirt.

Lucy laughing.
Lucy laughing.

You know what? For my friend, digging that hole was a punishment. But as for me, it was a lesson I had to learn.

So readers, learn from me. Never escape from school, because it is a bad habit.

Lillie’s Note: Please leave a comment for Lucy, a proud member of the Cross-Culture Class, on her fascinating article!

As we see the finest food and sights that Spain has to offer, let us not forget the amazing hard work and fund raising the YCC students and staff are putting into their upcoming first flight ever out of Ghana!


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Ulysses B.

Tuesday 17th of November 2015

Thank you for telling us your story Lucy. Thank you also for the great lesson of not running away from school. Sad to hear about the cane part of the story.

Emily G.

Monday 16th of November 2015

Dear Lucy,

I feel so sorry that you were punished so severely. I hope you are feeling better. You are a good, honest and hard working student. I like how you say you did not think of it as punishment but instead a lesson learned. With an attitude like that you will be very successful.


Jefferson P.

Monday 16th of November 2015

Good thing we don't have those types of punishment here!


Monday 16th of November 2015

Thank you for sharing your story. That was a very extreme punishment. Ill bet you learned your lesson about not ditching school. In the USA they don't have such harsh punishments.

Olivia C

Thursday 26th of February 2015

You showed a very good lesson that kids should never run away from school because they could run into trouble and danger.

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