Study Guide

Speak Chapter 7

By Laurie Halse Anderson

Chapter 7

Our Fearless Leader

  • In this chapter Melinda refers to herself as "Errant Student." ("Errant" means "one who errs, makes a mistake, screws up.")
  • Anyhow, the bell has rung, and Melinda's hiding in the bathroom waiting for the mean kids and school personnel to clear out of the hall.
  • She looks out the door and sees Principal Principal (the principal) nab another "errant student" (7.1).
  • Somehow, this tricky student manages to gets away without a demerit. Principal Principal looks confused about how this has happened. This makes Melinda laugh.