"Shelly Gale dreaded the phone call she had to make. Her student,
Tucker, was falling behind in school, and his parents needed to know
The phone rang and rang. Finally, she heard someone pick up but could barely hear him speaking.
'Hello? Tucker? Is that you? Why are you whispering?'
'Oh, Miss Gale'—he said, his voice interrupted with huge sobs and
hiccupping—'please come and help me. There's—' Shelly heard the click
of his phone hanging up.