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"Suffer the Little Children" is a short story written by Stephen King. It was first published in the February 1972 issue of Cavalier, and later included in King's own 1993 collection Nightmares and Dreamscapes. It was originally meant to be included in King's earlier collection Night Shift, but was cut in favor of "Gray Matter."

Plot

An elderly teacher with back problems at Summer Street School, Miss Sidley, uses the reflection on her glasses to watch her class. She calls on Robert to use the word "tomorrow" in a sentence. He says "Tomorrow a bad thing will happen." Miss Sidley is disturbed by the nature of Robert's answer, and in the reflection of her glasses she sees his face change into something described as "different". She turns around to find that Robert looks normal. While checking the paper towels in the girls' lavatory, she hears two girls talking about her. They are suggested to be alien in nature, like Robert.

Audiobook

The audiobook version of this story, in the Nightmares and Dreamscapes collection, is read by Whoopi Goldberg.

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