Little Johnny was going to school one day when

he heard some of the other kids talking about the Red Ribbon story. A little confused, but in a hurry to get to class, he decides to ask the teacher what it meant.

When he gets to class he asks the teacher “ma’am, what’s the red ribbon story?” Suddenly, the teacher gets very angry and tells him to go to the principal’s office. When he gets to the principal’s office, he asks the principal, “I overheard some of the kids at school talking about the red ribbon story, but when I asked the teacher what it was, she told me to come here. What’s the red ribbon story? The principal looks the boy in the eye and says softly, “I’m sorry son, but you are no longer welcome at this school. I’m expelling you.”

So, Johnny goes home to his mother and he’s clearly distraught. He says to his mother, “Mom, I got expelled from school today.” His mom was surprised. “Why on earth did that happen?” Johnny said, “Well, I overheard some of the kids talking about the red ribbon story so I asked the teacher what it was, and she sent me to the principal’s office and the principal expelled me! Mom, what’s the red ribbon story?” His mom shakes her head sadly. “Go to your room son. Your dad will figure out what to do with you.”

When Johnny’s dad gets home, he asks Johnny to recount the days events. Johnny says slowly, “Well, I heard some kids talking about the red ribbon story, so I asked the teacher what it was. She sent me to the principal’s office and then the principal expelled me. Then, when I asked mom, she grounded me! Dad, please, what’s the red ribbon story?” Dad looks Johnny in the eyes for a moment and says, “Johnny, get out of this house and don’t you ever come back.”

Johnny was horrified. At nine years old, he’d been kicked out of his house and expelled on the same day. However, Johnny was a tenacious kid, and these events only made him more determined to figure out what it was. He started running down the street quickly.

That’s when he got hit by a car.

The moral of the story? Always look both ways before you cross the street.