NOTE: MUSIC CUE BLOW ME AWAY BY BREAKING BENJAMIN STARTS AT THE :17 MARK
EXT. MIDDLE TOWN HIGH SCHOOL- AFTERNOON
The Impala pulls into the Middle Town High School parking lot. They get out of the car and look around. Dean is pained by the returning memories, Sam is shocked as he sees the bullies beating up and tormenting kids.
Just how I remember it.
It wasn’t ever this bad.
Dean scoffs as Sam’s comment.
Like you’d know.
Sam looks at Dean offended.
What’s that supposed to mean?
Dean decides not to get into it.
Sam notices a group of kids tormenting a fellow student and quickly looks away. Ashamed. INT. MIDDLE TOWN HIGH SCHOOL- CAFETERIA (FAINT BY LINKIN PARK)
Travel through the Middle Town High School Cafeteria seeing groups of teenagers separated and making sure to block certain people from sitting with them. Some student’s walk around cleaning the cafeteria as part of their detention, students take advantage of this and throw their trash onto the floor. The lunch monitor staff pays no attention to it.
Josh sits at a table by himself, writing in his journal paying no attention to the chaos around him. Jocks walk by flicking him in the neck. He narrows his eyes, wanting to do something about it- but he decides against it.
He glances around the cafeteria.
A football player trips a nerd only to catch his balance just in time, while a Prep shoves a skater against the wall of the cafeteria. Popular girls sway towards the jocks and preps.
CHRIS, football jersey, good looks, popular and sitting next to the most beautiful girl in school glances back towards Josh and laughs. He approaches Josh and picks up his journal.
(pretends to read it)
It is gay…
Eyes turn towards them.
What? It’s two guys fighting. It’s science fiction. Action. Adventure!
This is messed up dude.
Give it back.
You want it back? Here.
Chris tosses the journal into the garbage can.
Chris walks away laughing… he high-fives his friends.
Josh notices people all around him laughing, stifling their laughter and looking at him off putting. Josh gets up and approaches the garbage. Chris notices.
Garbage dipping, you’re pathetic.
Josh reaches in for his journal. Chris approaches him.
CLOSE UP on a milk carton on a nearby table tipping over. The milk flows off the table and onto the ground.
Josh grabs his journal and Chris grabs him…
Leave me alone!
Josh pushes past him, Chris moves to follow him and slips on the milk. Josh looks back and sees students laughing at Chris. Chris glances around feeling embarrassed.
He grabs his backpack and walks off in the opposite direction.
INT. MIDDLE TOWN HIGH SCHOOL- DEAN’S OFFICE
Sam and Dean sit across from GEORGE, the dean of the high school. The principle, STEVE, stands behind him.
So, let me get this straight you two are…
Investigative reporters from TIMES magazine, we’re doing a nation-wide research about violence in high schools.
There are many troublemakers around here you could talk to. A couple immediately come to mind, real deviants…
Brad Dukof’s a fan of ‘Natural Born Killers’.
Dean shakes his head in disgust about the remark and rolls his eyes.
Can we just talk to the kids? All of them…
George and Steve nod their heads okay…
This will be completely anonymous?
You have our word.
Okay, just get their-
Consult before hand, we understand.
Sam and Dean stand and leave the office.
INT. MIDDLE TOWN HIGH SCHOOL- DEAN’S SECRETARY OFFICE
Sam and Dean walk through the halls of the high school.
School’s the same as it always was. Blaming it on media, god they’re so dumb and ignorant it’s scary.
It’s not that far of a stretch.
It’s not the media Sam; it’s the school itself.
Sam looks at Dean, not understanding… INT. MIDDLE TOWN HIGH SCHOOL- HALLS (YOUTH OF THE NATION BY POD)
Travel through the halls of the high school seeing teenagers walking from class to class and some are at their locker getting their books.
TEENAGE GIRL (V.O.)
This place sucks. INT. MIDDLE TOWN HIGH SCHOOL- CLASS ROOM
Dean sits next to a Goth girl, EMILY, talking to her about school. While Sam stands in the back observing…
Have you ever thought about suicide?
All the time…
Chris sits across from Sam and Dean, curiously.
What kind of question is that?
Have you? No one will know…
Chris struggles, but eventually answers…
Yeah, I have- so what?
Dean glances back towards Sam, making his point.
In rapid succession Dean interviews more kids, from every group, all saying they thought about suicide.
STUDENTS (ADD LIB)
From time to time… all the time… I tried to… I know someone who did, I could relate… We all have.
Josh looks at Sam and Dean, afraid that he’s been caught.
No… definitely not.
You can tell me.
Why would I?
You tell me…
Josh sighs, not knowing if he should trust him.
In rapid succession Dean interviews more students…
Parents… I’m a freak… My girl friend cheated on me with my best friend… No one likes me… Everyone thinks I’m a slut… Nothing I do makes my parents proud… I’m not going to get into college… I’m going to be stuck in this town my whole life… I can’t tell anyone I’m gay, they won’t understand… My parents want me to be good at sports, but I’m not… I’ll never fit in.
Dean looks at Josh, Josh looks away.
Nobody likes me. My parents just don’t understand. EXT. MIDDLE TOWN HIGH SCHOOL- AFTERNOON
Circle around the school seeing all of these groups separated, but all feeling the same exact thing.
What do you think people see in you?INT. MIDDLE SCHOOL- CLASS ROOM
Chris looks at Dean, disturbed by the question.
What do you mean?
If you were looking at you what would you see?
I guess I can be a little cruel at times.
I don’t know…
What do you see?
Something that’s inhuman, a freak…
Dean lowers his head feeling bad for the kid. Rapid succession of students pile into the room…
STUDENTS (ADD LIB)
A slut… a loser… satanic… a prick… an outsider… an alien… the “good” girl… the Catholic kid… the terrorist… the stoner… the fool… the kid most likely to get somewhere… the kid most likely to stay behind… the kid most likely to kill himself… the kid most likely to kill somebody… the kid most likely to get pregnant before she gets into college… the kid… EXT. MIDDLE TOWN HIGH SCHOOL- SCHOOL BUS
We see dozens of teenagers sitting on the school bus, anxious to get home.
Did you ever think of making things- better? INT. MIDDLE TOWN HIGH SCHOOL- SCHOOL BUS
Josh looks at Dean, not understanding the question…
What do you mean? How?
You tell me.
Josh clears his throat and looks away.
Dean interviews more students.
I don’t know if I should say something… Is this a trap?… You’re going to tell the school… no way, I won’t tell you… You think I’m stupid?… Trust me man, what goes on up there- you won’t understand.
CLOSE UP on Dean, concerned.
Just tell me how…
Murder… Suicide… Revenge… Turning the tables… Power… Slicing my wrists… Jumping to my death… Over-Dosing on Pills… When you have a gun, people respect you- they fear you… Make them fear me… Fear is power… It’s the only way out… Jonesburo, Paduca, Springfield, Columbine-
Josh looks at Dean and takes a deep breath nodding his head.
I’ve thought about getting revenge, so what? Who hasn’t?
The classroom is completely empty. Dean glances back towards Sam…
We are, we are the youth of the nation Sammy Boy.
How are we going to find this kid?
Dean stares down at his notes, he sighs hopeless…
I have no idea; they’re all potential candidates for this thing.
The music fades out as Sam glances towards the hallways seeing students tormenting Josh.
INT. HIGH SCHOOL- HALLS- FLASHBACK
KEVIN, MIKE, Teenage Sam and his friends gang up on TODD.
What do you say guys, swirlie time?
Don’t do this…
TEENAGE SAM & FRIENDS
Teenage Sam, Mike and Kevin pick Todd up over their heads and carry him into the bathroom.
INT. MIDDLE TOWN HIGH SCHOOL- CLASS ROOM
Josh and the bullies are out of the halls... Dean slowly approaches Sam.
Remind you of someone?
Sam looks down and breathes out, ashamed. He shakes his head no. Not wanting to admit it.
Come on, I’ve had enough of this place for one day.
Dean and Sam leave the classroom shutting the door behind them.
INT. SCHOOL BUS
Josh gets onto the bus and nervously glances around. There is a seat right next to the bus driver. Josh walks past it and notices students either sitting together or blocking the other seat sending out their message: Don’t sit here.
Josh makes his way to the back. Chris motions to his friends. Josh walks past Chris and BANG! He loses his balance and falls to the ground. Everyone begins to laugh.
Close-Up on Josh’s pained face as he stands back up and looks around. He sees every student grinning and laughing sadistically.
Josh narrows his eyes; filled with hatred- he can’t stand it!
Chris leans forward, clearly enjoying this.
Or what are you going to do about it?
Josh grins as he nods his head, thinking about revenge. He walks away. Josh takes the seat at the front of the bus; he takes out his headphones and blasts BLOW ME AWAY BY BREAKING BENJAMIN
. He stares out the window, close up on his eyes narrowed and dazed…
FLASH CUT:EXT. MIDDLE TOWN HIGH SCHOOL- AFTERNOON- FANTASY
Chris walks through the parking lot. Josh walks up behind him and takes out a rifle. Chris spins around.
What are you doing?
Josh aims the gun straight at Chris’s head. BANG! Blood spurts everywhere as the screen distorts.
FLASH CUT:INT. BUS
Josh nods his head, pleased by these thoughts.
Chris high-fives his friends as they laugh.
Just what I thought…
Close-Up on Josh; a ticking time bomb ready to explode at any minute…