The gang denied rumors, or made sarcastic remarks to those who asked, about Bradley exploding the bus tire and during recess they easily managed to wander away from the recess attendant [[Ms. Roberts]] while she is on her cell phone. In a secluded part of the school yard, they come across Bradley. He doesn’t seem to notice them as he mumbles “300, 301, 302…” under his breath, and when they ask him about it he is surprised to see them and explains he’s counting bricks to keep himself calm.
The gang questions Bradley, trying to be friendly, but he’s more than a little standoffish and closed mouthed. He does tell them that he’s living at the Old Mayfair House with his dad.