School Life: Petty Tyrants & Their Mini Feifdoms
There's nothing "petty" about a tyrant if you're the one being intimidated, as you'll see when you listen to the story of Steve Raucci, the tyrannical maintenance head in a New York district who's the subject of a recent profile on This American Life. He was a mean-spirited joker, a mischief maker, all-around jerk (though sweetly obsessed with soap opera actress Susan Lucci). And -- as many schoolpeople know -- not the only example of petty tyranny that's ever been seen in a school or district office. Bob Sutton has more about him here, including the wrap-up on how Raucci ended up in this mug shot. Thanks to LF. Who's the worst petty tyrant you've ever encountered?