31. A Completely Different Person In Public

Kevin was always trying to impress those around him, and he did so successfully. He was the pillar of the community, the selfless rescuer whom everyone could go to. Even in front of others he would treat me differently – he would treat me nicely. He would look at me in the eyes. Yet when we were alone, he would not even look at me. This made it an even more lonely experience because no one saw the side to him that I saw behind closed doors. He had his allies.

He would go out of his way and even put his nose in other people’s businesses, but this made him come across as helpful rather than as nosey. As soon as a new teacher arrived, he’d be the first to get their phone numbers. He was always in the secretaries’ office when he did not need to be there. He seemed to know a lot about the school and its financial situation because of his nosiness. Now that I know about the type of person he is, what he was doing was actually very dangerous. He knew everyone’s salary and their social security information. The school should have set boundaries, as a professional institution should, especially when it came to confidential information. Kevin knew how to win the trust of others. But deep down inside, he did not care about a single person.

I also found Kevin’s interaction with the Claude, the director, and Isabel, the pedagogical director, from the language school in Spain very strange. I felt Kevin was getting too comfortable with them to the extent that he would even bad mouth the school in Belgium to them. He was very upfront with his financial situation and very negative. I felt that for an interview, Kevin had crossed the line of professionalism. I don’t think the Claude and Isabel bought it but they obviously did not reject him. I found the whole thing to be very strange and very uncomfortable. Perhaps he was trying to win their trust. This would only be a narcissistic way of thinking.

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