A DMK Production
In this scenario you are a female and have recently taken employment at a rural school house as the only teacher for a small but growing community. You have responsibility for the education of sixteen students ranging in ages from six years old to seventeen. You are paid a weekly stipend but your compensation mostly consists of lodging in a room attached to the school house and two free meals a day at the local inn. The year is 1895 and the sitting is the rural but growing American West. Order is maintained by the liberal application of a hickory stick to the errant student's rear end as needed. You do not like to use physical discipline and can usually maintain order without employing the stick.
Your best student is a young man of seventeen named William Adams. William's father is the local clergyman and so William has had experience with education in the past and is a good student. William is polite and often helps you with the younger students. William is large for his age and well built. You also suspect William has a crush on you although he has made no inappropriate statements or actions
Francis Smith is, in a word, a terror. Francis is fourteen and a son of a local rancher. Francis has no desire to learn but is forced to go to school by his father. He disrupts the class and bullies the younger students. You made complaint to Francis' father who simply reminded you that the community "paid you well" to teach the kids and he considers Francis your responsibility to handle.
Today, you have had enough with Francis' antics and decide it is time to apply some discipline. You manage to get him in position and have the stick ready and are preparing to deliver a sound thrashing. Francis is struggling against you and cursing you and making threats toward you.
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Do you take William up on his offer?