Once out of the car, Loretta gives her teacher the slip and makes her own way to school. But she can't escape Miss Dudley for long. At 11:30 she's in her technology class.
Miss Dudley: OK, what happened this morning? 'Cause I didn't think it was very polite that you just had walked off. I just need you to explain what the difference is getting out where you got out the car and where I got out the car.
Loretta: 'Cause it's embarrassin'.
Miss Dudley: What, getting out of the car with me, gettin' out the car being dropped off?
Loretta: Yeah, gettin' out the car with you.
Miss Dudley: OK, I need you to meet me here, please, at quarter past three, 'cause I'm gonna drive you home today.
But 3:15 comes and goes and there's no sign of Loretta. After waiting another half hour, Miss Dudley gives up and heads back to Loretta's house.
Miss Dudley: (To Loretta's mom) Do you know where Loretta is?
Mother: At her Dad's.
Miss Dudley: OK.
Mother: She's decided she doesn't want to come home. She wants to do what she normally does. You can't force her to do something she doesn't want to do.
Miss Dudley drives straight to Dad's house. She's determined to get Loretta back home and get her new rules in place.
Miss Dudley: Do you know why you didn't come to see me?
Loretta: I forgot.
Miss Dudley: Did you?
Miss Dudley: And so your mom's at home now and she's really upset. She feels like she's lost control with you.
Loretta: No she hasn't. She's only doing that to make me look bad like she does most things.
Miss Dudley: Why would she want you to look bad, Loretta?
Loretta: Dunno. She always does it. She makes things sound worse than they are, and then she says stuff that isn't true, and if it is true, she twists it. And she's stressed and she blames it all on me.
Miss Dudley: Has she said that, or is that just how you feel?
Loretta: No, the way she says it, she's blaming it all on me.
Miss Dudley: How long have you felt like that?
Loretta: Since Mom and Dad have 8)split up.
Miss Dudley: So about two years. So you're sad.
Before Loretta's parents separated, there were no signs of any problems: a well-behaved and9)promising pupil at primary school.
Mother: The real Loretta is loving, caring, thoughtful; that's the one I want. I want her back.