On March 8 walking down a corridor by herself was Sadia Ibrahim, a senior and middle distance runner at Santa Rosa High School. She was carrying a 3.5 grade-point average for the quarter. That's important to remember.
Santa Rosa principal Brad Coscarelli approached Ibrahim.
"Where are you supposed to be?" Coscarelli asked.
"I don't have to be anywhere," Ibrahim responded. "I have a free period."
"Come with me," Coscarelli commanded.
This was when Ibrahim first recalled getting nervous.
"You know how we say that bad grades can hurt an athlete getting into college?" said Doug Courtemarche, Santa Rosa's track coach who suddenly appeared out of nowhere. "Well, we have some concern here. We need to talk."
Courtemarche had that look of a law enforcement official leading someone on a perp walk to the courthouse.
"Doug had his Doug Face on," Ibrahim said.
Soon Courtemarche, Coscarelli and assistant principal Alan Nealley were walking with Ibrahim over to Room 7 of the Science Building.