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False Alarm

“Pull the switch,” they were saying while I stared at it. It was the switch for the fire alarm. “Benny Martinez did it and he was okay.” Yes but Benny Martinez also gets to school late and the teachers never get mad. “Remember we all had to stand out in the parking lot and we were next to the fifth graders?” That was an awesome day. We tried racing them and lost every time. Mrs. Stadmier was walking over now. “Do it—quick!” But I just stood there. I kept thinking I didn’t want to be like Benny Martinez.

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