Education: The Theme

English Teacher Ruth Ulferts of the senior high school in Anoka, Minn. (pop. 7,396) regarded the assignment as strictly routine. Write a theme on a book, she told her class; any book will do. Gangling Sophomore Richard Ingledue, 15, son of a truck driver, picked up his pencil, frowned a bit and began.

"This book," he wrote, "does not have a title but is a story of a boy who was fed up of living. His name? That doesn't matter. It's what he will do that will shock you.

"One night when his parents went to...

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