What was found inside a common desk in a large 8th grade study hall room circa 2001 at a Connecticut junior boarding school founded in 1920. Sixty of these kids in one room on a Sunday night for two hours.
– A dated copy of The Light in the Forest
– A torn first page of an application to a secondary school (St. George’s)
– A few Trapper Keeper folders, largely unused
– A composition notebook, almost completely uncomposed; on the inside cover “you suck” was inscribed; the first page had on it some science notes from what appears to have been the first day of class; the rest of the book was again mostly blank with the exception of a reappearing doodle, some expletives, an “I love _ _ _ _ _” puzzle, and some tic-tac-toe matches, all of which ended in a draw
– A hymnal printed in 1940 for the Protestant Episcopal Church
– Nothing but torn scraps of paper
– The other parts of the St. George’s application
– A Papermate blue ink ballpoint pen with no cap
– An 18″ section of industrial toilet paper (thin and coarse)
– A distorted paperclip
– A spiral bound notebook with all of the whitespace on the cover colored up by black ink
– A packet of artificial sweetener (a generic version of the pink brand)
Each drawer was cut with its share of chalk dust.