The high school principal, Tan Ge, had been firm in his decision making. All the students were to take all of their meals in the school canteen. No outside food was allowed.
Wu Ming and her fellow class mates, all boarders at the school during the week, had no choice but to eat the rather unpalatable school meals. When every single student soon came down with severe food poisoning and had to spend three nights in the local hospital, Tan Ge had stuck to his guns.
Canteen food for all!
After all, he had said the school food was best for his students. If he changed his mind about the policy now, what would people think?
They might question his judgment. He would lose face.
That simply wouldn’t do.