Miss Beadle: Elmer, I want you to go home and clean up. You can come back and make your speech, and we'll vote this afternoon.
Elmer: It's all right, Miss Beadle. I ain't running for nothing. My Pa don't want me to. Besides, me running for class president.....we all know that's a joke. (the other kids laugh)
Miss Beadle: Class!
Elmer: Go ahead and laugh. I know I'm not smart like you. I don't even know what a class president is supposed to do. But I know what's right and wrong, and it ain't right for big kids to be picking on little kids, just because they think it's fun to hurt somebody. And it ain't right to give someone something to make them vote for you, just because some folks have got more money than others. It ain't right to make fun of people, push them in mud, and make them look silly. My mother made me this shirt, because she loves me. You probably all think that's dumb. That's what wrong around here. People don't pay no mind to other people's carings. I hope that whoever is President sees to it that the little kids aren't picked on or hurt, because it's not right. It's just not right.