Short for "paraprofessionals
", with the prefix "para-
" carrying a meaning similar to "meta-
", used like "paramilitary
". Don't make the mistake of thinking these are real, live, actual professionals
who blaze into closed hallways on parachutes1
, or that they're suits carrying FN M249 PARA
At Northbrook's Glenbrook North, these were people retired from "real jobs" earning a few extra bucks, or teachers or sports coaches waiting for a full-time teaching gig to open up. Some were cool, and some were the darkest evil.
I would pay money to see the old woman we called "Wombat" parachute onto the campus.
1 "Don't try this at home, I am a professional"
2 Though if events like the ones in Santee, CA, Littleton, CO, and Springfield, OR continue, we may come to that.