Never ignore a person that loves you, cares for you, and misses you. Because one day you might wake up from your sleep and realize you lost the moon while counting the stars. – Unknown
During her school years, Frieda’s classmates were not the only ones to torment her. During most of her elementary years she had the same teacher who treated her and the other students from poor families very badly.
The worst incident happened when Frieda was around the age of 10 or 12. That day she was running late because her younger siblings were misbehaving and it was her job to get them washed, dressed and fed before school. Because of their misbehavior these tasks took longer than usual and they were all late and she never even had time to eat her own breakfast.
It was the middle of winter and freezing cold. Frieda had a thin coat and no gloves as she walked through the snow to school that day. When she arrived her hands were chapped and raw from the cold.
The teacher would hear no excuses, although other children frequently also arrived late without a word of reprimand. Frieda stood in front of all her classmates while her teacher berated her for her tardiness, and then had her hold out her cold hands. The teacher proceeded to whack her hands with as much force as she could with a large stick. Despite her cries of agony the teacher did not stop until Frieda’s hands were open and bleeding.
Fortunately the principal heard Frieda’s cries and came to investigate. Being a more sympathetic person he immediately stopped the teacher and berated her for such an overly harsh punishment. He took Frieda to his office and helped her bandage her injured hands. He then took her home with him to give her a proper meal and talk to her. She told him about all the mistreatment she’d been receiving from both her classmates and her teacher.
The following day the principal had harsh words for the teacher and the students and vowed that he would mete the same treatment on them that they had been putting Frieda through, if it continued. He often would meet Frieda and walk with her to and from school to ensure her safety as well.
It took an extreme act of violence to get his attention, but after that horrible day, Frieda’s school life improved considerably.
The teacher also lived in fear of the principal from that day on, and it was rumored that she had a nervous breakdown and quit a few years later. Many years later Frieda found out that the teacher had died a lonely and impoverished woman. Despite the teacher’s treatment of her, Frieda still shed a tear at the news.