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Cold War is like
two Yr11 boys...
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Cold War is like two Yr11 boys who fell out.
Both of them were big, strong lads, and each had a lot of support
among his peers.
had ever liked the other. They
had nothing in common, wanted different jobs – and they had had fights
in the past, when they were younger.
recently, they had managed to ignore each other – even to work together
when necessary – but, in Year 11, there had been a string of clashes.
It began over a discussion of uniform rules for
pupils – both the boys were on the Student Council and, after one
meeting where they clearly irritated each other, at the next meeting they
boys went about trying to get the rest of the Year 11 pupils on their side
– what was interesting was the way they went about it.
Boris had neither money nor tact, and his method was just to
intimidate people; Boris’s friends daredn’t go against him – in this
way he built a little gang of yes-men around him.
Sam was wealthy and (on the surface, at least) sociable; he
gathered support by lending people money, CDs etc, and inviting them round
to his place for parties – as long as they promised not to be friends
dirty trick and mucky look increased the boys’ mutual hatred.
When one of Sam’s friends bad-mouthed Boris, it was the last
straw. The two boys
openly set about trying to ruin the other.
didn’t they just have a huge fight, and get it over with?
Well, it would have been just too damaging for them both if they
had done so – neither could afford to be permanently excluded.
So they did everything possible to hurt each other without actually
having a one-on-one fight.
Boris trapped Sam’s little brother in a classroom and wouldn’t let him
out all lunchtime. Sam
didn’t go and try to push him out of the way – he just passed
sandwiches through the window until Boris got bored.
when two Year 7 boys started a feud, Sam helped one, and Boris’s friend
Lee helped the other. But
still Sam and Boris held themselves back from fighting each other.
Sam and Boris believed that they were in the right, and that the other boy
was the troublemaker. They
endlessly slagged off each other.
And they competed everything fiercely – to gain the highest mark
in the Technology exam, to score the first goal in the football, and so
time went on Boris became increasingly aggressive.
He beat up a couple of his gang who looked as through they might be
wanting to make friends with Sam.
In the end, he forced his friends to stay with him all the time,
and not even talk to Sam and his friends.
all the time, there was tension in the air at school – the feeling that
at any moment there would be a HUGE fight and dozens of people would get
expelled. A group of
girls even got a petition about it. There
was a nasty moment when Boris found out that Sam had been spying on him
and his girlfriend. And
there was a terrifying crisis when a rumour went round that Boris was
bringing in a knife for his psycho friend Fidel to attack Sam with.
that moment, both sides backed off a bit, but the feud went on until the
end of Year 11, when Boris failed his exams and left the school.)