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For several weeks everything went fine. Robert would come to Sacrament Meeting with his family and then leave to go home and issue traffic tickets to passing pedestrians and yell, “Breaker, Breaker” to speeding cars.
That didn't last because Robert's mother felt that he needed as much exposure to his “friends” and to the spirit of the Lord as he could get. That meant he was to come back into our classroom. The Bishop was convinced and Brother Stewart was convinced and so he returned. I remember telling my father that I wasn't comfortable with Robert returning to our class, especially with a teacher who couldn't stop him. My father told me that the Bishop's decision was made with careful prayer and that we'd be protected in the House of the Lord. Blaine hadn't been protected. My father said that was because that he was being irreverent and disrespectful when he got hurt. The message: God allows retarded giants to beat up adolescent boys in church.
We entered Sunday School quickly, rushing to take seats away from Robert. If you ask a psychologist, that might not have been the proper behavior but we were kids, what do you expect? I didn't talk to him because I wasn't sure what would set him off. Some of the others, like John, Terry, and Lisa said hi and he answered, “Breaker One-Nine” to each of them.