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I am so sorry to hear about your situation at school.
We had a kid that used to defecate on the sidewalks of the middle school on
the weekends. He then broke in to the middle school and high school one summer
with a bunch of his friends and did the same all over library books, a great
teacher's personal things, stole computer equipment and trashed what they
couldn't carry out, turning over rows of terminals.
Then in August he was back in school with his buddies. He should have
graduated last year but quit school a few months short of finishing. I wish
the story ended here.
Last Monday night he raped two of our honor students at gunpoint in two
separate incidences. He threatened to kill them if they told anyone. Thank
goodness they both wound up showing up at the same emergency room within hours
of each other. These are wonderful senior young ladies, both morally
upstanding. He is now in jail on $60,000 bond. It turns out one middle school
student had told her mother two weeks ago that he had raped her as well, but
because the girl had a fast reputation no one would believe her.
The teachers at my school are sick. Why does it have to come to this before
something is done?
On the animal cruelty, any time I hear a student talking about mistreating an
animal, I butt in and tell them that mistreating animals is the #1 indicator
that a person will abuse children and indicates mental illness. That shuts
them up where at least I don't have to hear about it and hopefully gives them
something to think about.
Sorry for the soap box, but this one struck too close to home. I will be
thinking about you! Keep your chin up and hang in there. Show the rest of your
students what tough stuff you're made of and help them cope, too.