January 24, 2013 I CAN’T BELIEVE WHAT PRINCIPAL WINSTON DID TO MACKENZIE!! I’ve been DYING to tell you guys what happened on Tuesday!! It was SO intense and crazy!! So, like I said, MacKenzie was out of school for a couple of days. On Friday, all the CCPs were crowding around her locker while Jessica told them MacKenzie had stolen stuff from them. Then they asked me if I knew her locker combination, so they could get into it and look for their stuff. Even if I knew it, I would NEVER want to get involved in that mess!! That’s Rule #1 of staying alive in middle school…stay far, far away from other people’s drama!! On Tuesday, MacKenzie FINALLY came back to school, and when she did, she found Principal Winston standing at her locker. I got in before her and was SUPER nervous to see him there. I mean, it’s not like I’m some kind of juvenile delinquent who has stuff to be guilty about, but in that second I thought of all kinds of reasons I could be in trouble! I took THREE Hershey Kisses out of the candy bowl in the secretary’s office the other day, after she had turned her back. I lied about having an infected cut on my big toe to get out gym class recently. (And I described it in VIVID detail…like, “It’s all black-and-blue, and there’s some blood under the nail, and I think I might have gangrene,” because I think details make a lie sound more believable!) But nope! Principal Winston WASN’T there because I’m a no-good, gym-skipping candy thief. As soon as he saw me, he said, “Ms. Maxwell. Have you witnessed any…abnormal, dishonest behavior from Ms. Hollister?” I WANTED to say, “You mean like sneaky, obnoxious, thoughtless, cruel, catty, and sometimes downright EVIL behavior? That’s NORMAL for HER!” But instead I said, “Nope. I haven’t seen anything.” Then he said, “You haven’t seen or heard about her stealing anything?” Again I said, “Nope.” That was actually a lie! Remember the time I saw her trying to take someone’s lost wallet outside CVS? And then there was the time she tried to pretend ZOEY’S Christmas gifts were hers. That’s KIND of like thievery! Still, there was NO WAY I was going to be the CCP’s informant!! When MacKenzie finally came in and walked up to her locker, she looked SO mad to see Principal Winston. She got so huffy that her nostrils started flaring, like she opened a Christmas gift and found it was a hideous sweater from last season! He said, “Ms. Hollister. Can you please open your locker?” He didn’t even tell her WHY he was there, asking to poke all around her personal business! She must have known what was up. I mean, Jessica’s been telling the whole school she’s a thief! That’s probably why she stuttered, “Um, I f-f-forgot my combination!” That pretty much confirmed it all…she DID steal stuff from her friends! If she HADN’T, she would have just opened the thing! She looked kind of relieved after her obvious lie. But then Principal Winston pulled out these massive pliers from a bag on the floor and started to CUT her lock! There were a TON of kids crowding around, waiting to see what was in her locker, including Jessica and the other CCPs. The suspense was INTENSE!! Everyone was super shocked, including MacKenzie, when Principal Winston opened it and it was empty. I mean, COMPLETELY empty! Not a single mirror, book, or poster! Jessica actually gasped and yelled, “Oh, you’re good! When did you get rid of the stuff? Huh? Huh?” I thought she might leap across the hall and tackle MacKenzie, like a linebacker. That’s how SUPER ANGRY she looked! Then MacKenzie yelled, “I didn’t do anything! Stop telling lies about me…or else!!” After that, Principal Winston yelled, “Ladies, both of you, quiet down and follow me!” I SO wish I could have snuck into his office behind them because I was DYING to know what went down in there!! Rule #1 is so hard to follow when other people’s drama is as JUICY as this!