Comic 1038 - Hellhole

21st Mar 2018, 10:37 AM in Ch. 34 - Promise
Average Rating: 5 (9 votes)
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Jocelyn 21st Mar 2018, 10:37 AM edit delete
This page is mostly here so we can fill in some blanks regarding what happened with regards to Chanel and Todd after the incident. It also allowed for Maria to explain what happened to Emily off-screen without forcing you to sit through a recap of what you JUST read a week ago.

Friday is the last page of the chapter, so place your bets. As Emily said, "what happens now?"

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Kyle 21st Mar 2018, 11:20 AM edit delete reply
When Maria and Chanel were on a date for Maria's birthday that one time, she said she wanted to go to the local collage, get student loans to rent out the place to stay close to Chanel. I didn't know she was the Salutatorian for her class until Arthur mentioned it a two or three pages ago. If her grades are that good, she's sure to get in and she can finally be independent from her parents and their overbearing shadow.

I just hope the collage is open minded, and if the administrators hear here story and the situation she's in, they might be able to help her. But before we can get to any of that, she has to get away from her parents and whatever they'll have planned for her. Rudy will need protection too. If Maria gets away, then the Stongwells will very likely take their anger out on him.
greypoupon 21st Mar 2018, 12:11 PM edit delete reply
The chapter ending so soon? nooooo
j-eagle12212012 21st Mar 2018, 12:58 PM edit delete reply
I have a gut feeling that says this chapter is going to end on a downer note. The Strongwells are going to show up and we will find out what they have planned for Maria . Wether or not this actually happens won't be known until sometime in the next chapter
bgb16999 21st Mar 2018, 1:06 PM edit delete reply
Maria shouldn't be waiting for her parents. She should use Emily's phone to call Gavin's mom right now and stay with her until she finds her own place. She can finish high school at public school. She's already 18, so her parents can't stop her short of physically kidnapping her (which is a felony).
Morgy 21st Mar 2018, 1:26 PM edit delete reply
Are we sure she's 18 i cant remember
Jocelyn 21st Mar 2018, 2:18 PM edit delete reply

I can confirm that Maria is 18. Her birthday was on Valentine's Day.
Morgy 21st Mar 2018, 4:01 PM edit delete reply
OMG you Replied to me *Faints*
Morgy 22nd Mar 2018, 10:31 AM edit delete reply
Wait Wait that Means Maria is 18 dating a 14 year old. My Mother would of Flipped I wouldn't of been able to sit down for a week if I told her my Girlfriend was 18, hints why I didn't tell her but Wow :)
William 22nd Mar 2018, 5:28 PM edit delete reply
My understanding is that Chanel is 15
(a retcon that was driven by the discussion of the Maria/Chanel age difference. Jodelyn, can you confirm or deny?
Neelix 21st Mar 2018, 1:34 PM edit delete reply
Am I the only one expecting the Strongwells to actually fight this? It's obvious that they do actually care for their children in their own twisted and misguided way, and here Maria is being expelled for something she didn't actually do, and its something that isn't related to her sexuality so their homophobia shouldn't enter into the matter.
Even if they wouldn't believe Maria's word over Quentin's I rather expect Brother Arthur to make a point of sharing his view of the matter with them.
mecaterpillar 21st Mar 2018, 4:45 PM edit delete reply
You know, that thought had crossed my mind. The points Brother Arthur made, including that she’s the salutatorian, made me think about this possibility. I could actually see the Strongwell parents having a serious argument with Father Quentin and bringing the issue to the school’s board. After all, they might actually have some level of pride in their daughter’s academic achievements and if so I could totally see them put up a fight here.
Seikueon 21st Mar 2018, 5:09 PM edit delete reply
Nah, that was my whole point a couple pages ago.
Reimi 21st Mar 2018, 2:40 PM edit delete reply
This incident reminds me so much of when I was in school. It hit pretty close to home, but I'm glad to see realistic themes in stories.
BrainDrian 21st Mar 2018, 2:49 PM edit delete reply
First off, I wanted to say that I enjoyed reading this over a weekend when I started a month ago. At first, I thought the beginning seemed too rushed and chiched, but it grew on me as I kept reading.

My guess is that Maria's parents will try to fight, then Quentin may suggest they take the time to send her to conversion therapy, which her parents will agree to. Maria then leaves her parents' home, since she is 18.
William 21st Mar 2018, 3:55 PM edit delete reply
Todd may be overplaying his hand. A claim of actual physical harm may lead to an in depth investigation. Faced with the testimony of both Maria and Chanel, and the physical evidence, mark on Chanel's arm, no fresh bruises on Todd (note fresh: Sexual abuse has been posited as a reason for Todd's behaviour but physical abuse might also be sufficient) Todd may find himself in a difficult position.
Guest 21st Mar 2018, 9:04 PM edit delete reply
At St. Hallvard it seems that that kind of stuff is looked over. I'm actually starting to think that Todd is Father Quentin's son. That would make a lot of sense.
Guest 21st Mar 2018, 9:07 PM edit delete reply
They also have a whinny rich white kid feel to them both.
William 22nd Mar 2018, 6:23 PM edit delete reply
If there is no formal investigation things can be smoothed over. A formal investigation may require a cover up, perhaps very difficult and viewed with reluctance. Things are best for Todd if he does not trigger a formal investigation.
LucilleSphere 22nd Mar 2018, 12:51 AM edit delete reply
To sort of expand on what I said last page (and as I said, the rules of a fictional school may be very different), Father Quentin can suspend her, but as principal he DOES NOT have the authority to expel students himself. All a principal is able to do is suggest expulsion (in writing) to the School Board and the Parish Director of Schools. The student and parents MUST be notified and given a chance to respond before the suggestion is made. After the suggestion is acknowledged, the principal, parents, student, and pastor must attend a conference where they will discuss possible expulsion. The school board will investigate the case, and since this is a case of an incident (as opposed to possession of a weapon/drugs, cheating/plagiarism, habitual truancy, bullying or harassing students or personnel, etc... there are actually quite a lot of things you can be expelled for), all students and faculty involved in said incident will be interviewed. The Director of Schools will consider all information and come to a decision, which they will share at a second conference with the principal, parents, student, and pastor. If the decision to expel the student is upheld, it must be put into writing and ONLY THEN is the student expelled from the school.
Also, as William pointed out above, any incident involving physical harm is required by law to be fully and thoroughly investigated.
Failure of the principal or faculty to follow proper procedures will result in immediate disciplinary action by the school board and/or parish.
Source: my aunt, who is a former nun and was principal of a private Catholic school for 12 years, and her principal's handbook (very paraphrased) from Bishop Maginn High School in Albany, NY.
William 22nd Mar 2018, 5:38 PM edit delete reply
The rules on who is allowed to expel a student can be set by the private school. The rules used by Catholic private schools in Albany, may not be the same in other places in NY. In any case Father Quenton seems the type to regard this sort of thing as formality. "A student is expelled when I say so."
Some Ed 23rd Mar 2018, 8:47 AM edit delete reply
A principal who flagrantly violates the rules of whomever is actually in charge of the school is the sort of thing that gets them dismissed... eventually. We will see if the eventually happens here, though I wouldn't be surprised if that part doesn't come out until 2019.
Jax Rhapsody 28th Mar 2018, 7:31 AM edit delete reply
I don't know about Catholic or Private schools, but in public schools- at least those that have districts(unlike NY) The principle is in charge of the school, under them is the assistant principle(which in my high school was one or two councelors). Above the principle is the Board of Education and Superintendant. The only thing IIRC a principle of a school in a scholl district can't do solitarily is fire a teacher or expell a student.
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