By Marlene Wanner – Halbrite, Sask.
On April Fool’s day 1960 in a small town in southern Saskatchewan, I was 14 years old and in Grade 7. The kids in Grade 8 and 9 loved playing jokes.
Our teacher always marked the class attendance at 1:00 every day. This time he didn’t. At 3:00 one of the Grade 9 girls asked for a pen since hers had run out of ink.
He opened the little compartment of his desk and jumped, sending his chair flying. We all started laughing. The principal came rushing in.
Our teacher just pointed to his desk. Going there the principal found a big plastic spider and pulled it out. No one claimed it.
I found out my teacher was very scared of insects. I guess we were bigger fools and the plastic spider went to the lab.