How might Dr. Palleni's statement, "We're into solving problems, not making them," be an example of foreshadowing in Avi's book, Nothing But the Truth?

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In Nothing But the Truth by Avi, Dr. Palleni sees Phil in his office because Philip has disrupted Ms. Narwin's class with his humming during the "National Anthem." When Dr. Palleni says, "We're into solving problems, not making them," to Philip, this is an example of foreshadowing because big problems are coming their way. Later in the story, a reporter (Jennifer Stewart) writes an article misrepresenting the facts because Dr. Palleni refuses to talk to her. The article is written with a bias toward Philip, and people begin to believe that the school has punished him for being patriotic. This causes a huge snowball effect, which hurts just about everyone involved: Ms. Narwin, Philip, and the school when the budget is once again defeated. For someone who was "into solving problems," Dr. Palleni completely blew it this time.

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