It seems that Miss Beadle was never, ever around whenever Bubba started trouble in the schoolyard. He knocked one little girl to the ground with a ball, gave Mary quite a black eye, and pushed Laura to the ground more than once. You'd think that in light of what was going around about the Galender brothers at the time, the teacher would be paying closer attention to the boy's behavior at school. Furthermore, Miss Beadle was absolutely nowhere to be seen when Mary hit Bubba with her lunch pail, and the rest of the kids all attacked him at the same time. Even more, when Caroline was assaulted by the two older boys in another scene, there was NOBODY in eye's reach ANYWHERE in town. Not very likely.