After a while Yama Arashi rose again. "Allow me to add something that I neglected to mention earlier. On the night in question, the night duty attendant left his post to bathe at the onsen. I consider this inexcusable. Having accepted caretaking responsibility for the school, to take advantage of the lack of oversight and slip out to bathe at the onsen, of all places, is utterly disgraceful. Setting the students aside, I suggest that the principal reprimand the person in question for this action."
An odd fellow. Just when I'm feeling exonerated, he immediately proceeds to divulge my own misdoing. Thinking nothing of it, and knowing firsthand of a precedent, I'd assumed such behavior was customary when I set out for the onsen. It was clear enough now that my action was inappropriate. There was no choice but to accept their censure. I stood up again. "It's true that I went to the onsen while on night duty. This was wrong. I apologize." As I sat back down, the room filled with laughter yet again. Every time I opened my mouth they found it amusing. What a vile lot. They would never attest to their own faults publicly, as I had, so they masked their infirmity with laughter.