BACK IN HIS Overbrook High School days, City Councilman Curtis Jones Jr. lived in fear of a student who was two years older, tough as nails and always ready to fight — a student he renamed “Ray-Ray” during an anecdote he has shared at recent Council hearings.
This month, when school district officials came before City Council to plead their budget case, Jones and Councilman Kenyatta Johnson couldn’t resist reliving their own public-school experiences.
Their stories ranged from the terrifying tales of Ray-Ray to teachers who kept members on the right path.
“He was the head of all things bad and we were going to follow him to the hellfires if he led us, and it was time for him to go,” Jones said during a Council hearing. School officials eventually dispatched the young delinquent.