In Frindle, how did Mrs. Chatham feel when being interviewed for the article?

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liesljohnson eNotes educator| Certified Educator

When she was being interviewed for the article by Judy Morgan of The Westfield Gazette, the school principal, Mrs. Chatham felt uncomfortable.

She squirmed in her chair, feeling awkward and defensive, like a kid who was in trouble and who was now expected to answer for her actions.

Mrs. Chatham also felt eager to explain that the whole "frindle" trend wasn't an upheaval or a disturbance at her school, and that she was still well in control of both her staff and the students in attendance at Lincoln Elementary. Significantly, Mrs. Chatham feels a loss of control; she feels defenseless. Normally, she's the boss: the ruler of the school. But in the presence of Judy, the reporter, Mrs. Chatham is not in charge at all, and this lack of control doesn't sit well with her.

When Judy asks to interview Mrs. Granger, too, the fifth grade teacher, Mrs. Chatham feels cornered into saying yes. She'd much rather Judy simply went away, and yet Mrs. Chatham believes, abstractly, in the freedom of the press.

The whole experience of being interviewed feels, to Mrs. Chatham, invasive and uncomfortable. For more details, please check out the beginning of Chapter 10: "Freedom of the Press."

poetrymfa eNotes educator| Certified Educator

When Judy Morgan, who works as a reporter for the Westfield Gazette, hears about the spreading of the word "frindle," she decides to do a article on it and shows up at Lincoln Elementary School. She is then intercepted by the school's secretary, who sends her to talk to the principal, Mrs. Chatham.

Mrs. Chatham feels extremely uncomfortable about being interviewed, especially after Judy Morgan points out that the use of "frindle" seems relatively harmless as a retort to Mrs. Chatham's claim that the kids are "rebelling" against their teachers. Mrs. Chatham herself seems to act like a kid who has gotten in trouble with an authority figure. She tries to explain her need to support Mrs. Granger, who she says is the one who really cares about the use of the word. Mrs. Chatham clearly does not enjoy being put on the spot and feels extremely awkward about the situation.

Mrs. Chatham ultimately gets into trouble with the superintendent of the local school district for agreeing to be interviewed by Judy Morgan; the superintendent is concerned that he will get in trouble with the taxpayers because the article makes the school look bad, which will give taxpayers less incentive to provide educational funding.