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Clarence: The War on Apathy Begins

19 May

On the one hand, we’ve got a well-funded conspiracy to destroy the Clarence schools.

On the other hand, we’ve got apathy.

It might be similar in your town, but then again not every  town has a bunch of businesses and developers working in concert to destroy the schools and depress property values. In some towns, businesses like to forge lasting and mutually beneficial relationships with local residents.

They say Clarence doesn’t “respect the taxpayer”. The data say otherwise:

Dashboard 1

The conspiracy involves the child-hating “Clarence Taxpayers” cabal, the Americans for Prosperity tea party astroturf types, and big developers in town, led by Paul Stephen and his henchman, Noel Dill. Lawn signs for the anti-school board candidate are popping up in front of properties owned by developers, who have no qualms about depressing property values so they can make a few more bucks off the brick garbage they put up – without question – around town. They’re all vultures, circling and waiting to pick at the carcass of a community they’re working to destroy.

Derelict Abandoned Motels for Worling

What they don’t understand is that they can’t win. The Triborough Amendment renders toothless any effort to strong-arm the teachers and their union. If the district and teachers don’t come to terms on a new contract, the existing contract remains in effect until they do, someday. These dummies think that they can force the district to hire a “professional contract negotiator” who will perform magic to bring the teachers to heel.

Also, the teachers aren’t the enemy. They deserve what they earn. These professionals deserve and earn their salaries and benefits. Stop blaming the teachers for non-existent problems.

Their hand-picked anti-school candidate has the nerve to ask parents to voluntarily pay more in taxes to fund things like clubs, extracurriculars, electives, AP classes, sports, and music, but we’re all supposed to pitch in to pay for a “negotiator”, even though we pay one – the superintendent – a lot of money to do that job.

I don’t use “child-hating” lightly. I won’t link to their abortion of a website, but the only things the “Clarence Taxpayers” group has gotten excited about are the schools, they’ve successfully blocked town efforts to help build an ice rink complex at Eastern Hills Mall, and an indoor soccer facility. That’s it: they’ve only ever opposed anything having to do with kids.

These people are monsters masquerading as taxpayer advocates.

Rock the War on Public Education

Parents are pissed off at this blatant war being waged against their kids. We’ve had it with these malicious efforts to pit seniors against middle-class families who just want their kids to have the same great schools that past generations enjoyed. The wealthy, like the anti-school candidate for the board, send their kids to private schools anyway.

That’s right. The anti-school guy who is running for the public school board sends his kids to Christian Central Academy. His family has no educational investment whatsoever in the schools. Meanwhile, I’ve delivered signs and palmcards to modest homes whose occupants rely on public education.

If you’re in Clarence, please vote yes for the school budget, vote yes for the modest bus proposition, and vote for Tricia Andrews, Matt Stock, and Maryellen Kloss.

We have two enemies – apathy, and the people who exploit it.

Clarence Bans Nothing

11 Mar

On Tuesday night, the Clarence School Board held its regularly scheduled March meeting. On the agenda was a review of the curriculum procedure regarding materials that some parents might find objectionable. This is a completely reasonable thing for a board member to want to discuss, and wholly uncontroversial. 

However, late last week, an inflammatory hit list of allegedly obscene or inappropriate books and other materials was sent to selected homes in town. I obtained a copy of it and posted it widely  – here at Artvoice and on social media sites.  It – and my accompanying letter to the board – spread throughout the town. 

The people who had hoped that Tuesday’s meeting would include a discussion of an inappropriate curriculum were met with a shocker last night. These meetings – at best – attract about 20 spectators. This time, however, the place was literally standing room only. 

The board flew through its regular agenda, including a somewhat distressing presentation about the district’s understaffed special education department – last year’s budget crisis eliminated all of the social workers. Zero, nada, zilch. Kids who need these special services include those who undergo some sort of situational trauma like death, disease, divorce, drugs, or depression. So, it’s an interesting coincidence that many of the books on the hit list included kids who underwent similar traumas – especially rape. It was also striking to me that the majority of the books on the hit list were written by women, had female lead characters, or advocated somehow for the notion that women not be victims of assault, and that they are human beings equal to men in all things. 

When the discussion turned to this agenda item, Trustee Jason Lahti, who originally brought the matter up, begged off the controversy, indicating that he merely wanted to discuss the curriculum process, not ban any books. He indicated that he did not know anything about the letter and hit list from his wife, Ginger, that circulated throughout the town. Trustee Roger Showalter, Ginger’s brother, tersely indicated his satisfaction with the town’s opt-out provision for parents or kids who find materials objectionable. Then the rest of the board spoke. Every single Trustee spoke passionately and eloquently about the teachers, the students, the curriculum, and the adequacy of the current policies. Julie McCullough got the first standing ovation, and a huge sigh of relief when I realized that the crowd was there to defend – not defame – the books and faculty. Board President Michael Lex spoke about the need for adolescents to learn about overcoming assault and adversity, and quoted the author of hit list book Speak

But censoring books that deal with difficult, adolescent issues does not protect anybody. Quite the opposite. It leaves kids in the darkness and makes them vulnerable. Censorship is the child of fear and the father of ignorance. Our children cannot afford to have the truth of the world withheld from them.” – Laurie Halse Anderson

Then, the community spoke. Student after student – some current, some recent alums – was unbelievably brave and eloquent. Not only had they been taught to be rational analysts and critical thinkers, but good speakers, too. They defended specific books – one especially brave young alum spoke of her own assault and how it affected her mental health, causing her to drop out of college. She explained that she suffered terrible anxiety, yet she stood bravely in front of the board and 100+ members of the community to defend Speak, holding up her dog-eared copy and explaining how it helped her. Kids stood and defended their teachers and the way in which they teach these materials in a thoughtful and engaging way. 

There were a small handful of people there who were there to defend the hit list. Ginger Lahti herself was there, and tried to disassociate herself from the controversy. While Channel 2 was airing an interview with her in which she acknowledged preparing the mailing to address “obscene” works, she stood before the community to explain that it wasn’t even her list, that she had only shared it with two pastors, and that she doesn’t know how it got circulated. She said she wanted to see what the community thought, and she acknowledged that the community was clearly just fine with the current policy. One woman relentlessly attacked the works, alleging that she and her family had opted out over 30 times because of language and themes in some of the works, and she saved especial ire for the sex ed curriculum. Frankly, if you’re opting out of award-winning literature 30 times, perhaps public school just isn’t for you. 

However, the four people, including Lahti, who spoke about the hit list did raise an important issue – some kids who opt out have no meaningful alternative, and are just sent to the library for weeks at a time. 

When I spoke I thanked the board for bringing this matter to the community’s attention, and thanked Mr. Lahti specifically.  I said it was good to, basically, air grievances and discuss how to make policies work better, and that it was important that the handful of affected opt-out parents bring the issues of alternatives to the board’s attention so that these matters can be handled better. But I pointed out the Blue 4 Ben movement and argued that the community was capable of great things when we work together, rather than trying to rip people apart. While the agenda seems uncontroversial now, when it was coupled with the outrageous hit list, it certainly seemed to be a set-up for an effort to ban books and restrict the faculty’s and students’ rights. While Mrs. Lahti now disavowed the list and said she didn’t know where it came from, I noted that she referenced it in her letter. I closed by noting how my parents emigrated to this country in order to flee totalitarian dictatorship and a place where they were told what to think, what to read, and with whom to associate, and never did anyone imagine that we’d be facing similar issues in the U.S. a half-century later. 

The faculty – Mr. Zahn and Mr. Starr spoke passionately to defend the teachers and the curriculum, but also the Constitution. There was the kid who joked that the books on the hit list were so harmful to his upbringing that, instead of being back at college doing drugs, drinking, and having sex, he was at a school board meeting during Spring break defending the wholesomeness of his education. One parent stood to link the earlier special education presentation to the issues brought up in many of these books – how will we adequately help kids who suffer real-life traumas if we refuse properly to fund the nurses, special education, and school psychological staff. 

It was a glorious night, and the board just killed it. A packed house to defend free speech and critical thinking. A packed house to defend controversial books and essays, arguing that these materials are part of a carefully crafted, well-considered curriculum, and that the works are handled appropriately, with care. 

Yesterday, in advance of the meeting, I took some time to learn a little bit about each book on the hit list. Each one of them is an important, noteworthy work that teaches adolescents a valuable lesson. 

The Clarence List by Alan Bedenko

 But I learned a valuable lesson, too. I learned that the kids are awesome. They’re brave, well-spoken, thoughtful, and hungry for knowledge. Whether it was the professional-quality, amazing production of Spamalot that the high school drama club put on last weekend, or the heartfelt speakers last night, they made us all proud. 

School Budget & Board Elections: Vote Today

21 May

Today, communities across New York State will be holding their school tax budget referenda and, in some cases, school board elections. Turnout for these votes is always quite low, yet it’s one of the very few times you have direct control over the taxes you pay – in this case, school taxes assessed against the value of your home.

I live in Clarence, where there’s a battle over a proposed 9.8% rise in school taxes. The proposal rolls right past Cuomo’s property tax cap and needs a 60% supermajority to succeed. 

When we moved to western New York in 2001, we chose to live in Clarence for one sole reason – the excellence of its schools. We have grown to love the town and our neighbors, many of whom also made the move to Clarence because of the school system. It is not hyperbole to suggest that the schools are the town’s very foundation, and if you do harm to them, you harm the entire community. 

Over the past 10 years, the school tax rate has decreased while personnel and non-mandated programs have been cut. Because past budgets were only balanced thanks to use of now-depleted savings, a one-time budget in excess of the cap is necessary to maintain the school curriculum. 

The forces opposed to the school budget are vocal and well-funded. One effort in particular that anyone with a Clarence mailbox knows about has been carefully created and funded from outside the area. Koch Industries’ anti-tax fake grassroots conservative activist group “Americans for Progress” has developed the mail pieces and websites urging a “no” vote and manipulating the data to mislead residents about what’s going on. I, for one, don’t take election of advice from people who proudly, and without irony, place massive election signs on derelict eyesore properties in the town

You can read about the AFP mailers here and here. You can read the reasons to vote YES on the Clarence budget here

Elementary Massacre

14 Dec

Someone opened fire today in a K-4 elementary school, killing approximately 26 people – it is now believed that 20 of them are students at the school; kids no older than 9. To say that my heart is sick right now from this would be an understatement. It is my fervent hope that this is the last straw – that our society will no longer tolerate this sort of thing as being a cost of living in a free society. Because it shouldn’t be; it isn’t. There are plenty of free countries that do not allow their angry, mentally deranged residents to waltz into a building and buy a firearm.

Plus three more guns.

Plus a bulletproof vest.

The 24 year-old who did this went to the classroom of 1st graders his mom taught, and murdered them all. The motive? Irrelevant – whatever it was, it was purely mental illness.

When we, the people, founded this country, we included in our Constitution a provision that would allow people to keep firearms to protect against tyranny at home and from abroad. Firearms then were significantly different from those we have today, and our constitutional originalists seem to omit that fact when agitating for free and regulationless gun ownership. There was also the well-regulated militia clause, something that has become moot since the advent of our professional military.

But it’s unlikely that we’ll ever change the Constitution, or that we’ll ever change the minds of the people who think that everyone should own guns; that had the teachers at the school in Newtown, CT been carrying guns, why the resulting shoot-out would have saved some lives. Maybe. I doubt it. After all, the shooter was wearing a vest. He had four firearms. Do we really want teachers to be packing heat? Do we really want teachers to dress like SWAT teams? Should we be protecting our schools with riot police and tanks?

The 2nd Amendment may guarantee an individual right to bear arms, but does it guarantee that right free from licensure or testing or regulation? I don’t think so. I’m so sick and tired of angry lunatics being able to obtain all the firearms they want, and bulletproof vests, without so much as a criminal or mental-health check. I am so sick of mass shootings taking place because it’s ok to own a gun, but it’s a horrible thing to provide people with adequate mental health resources. Ours is the only first world country to just allow mass murders like this to happen so often and so regularly, yet when people suggest that maybe the ease of access to firearms and ammunition are the problem, that conversation strengstens verboten ist. I’m sick of the tyranny, alright – I’m sick of the tyranny of the NRA telling Americans that they just have to suck it up and deal with a country that resembles the frontier west.

Because what’s slowly starting to happen isn’t that Obama is coming for your guns. On the contrary, Obama has done absolutely nothing to tighten gun laws. What we’re seeing, though, is America’s decline into 2nd world status. We’re South Africa with better water and sewage systems. Soon, instead of relying on just being a reasonable society, we’ll all travel in bullet-proof cars from gated community to locked-down office. American society is unique in the industrial first world in that we allow unfettered access to firearms, and completely fettered access to health care, including mental health care; guns are a fundamental, God-given civil right, but health care is not.

And if 26 people all died in the same school from a disease, you’d bet your ass the CDC would be in there to find out the cause and to prevent any future recurrence anywhere, at any time.

The United States is first in gun ownership. Yemen is second. We have 300 millions firearms in this country.

I don’t want to hear about these tragedies being rooted in evil or the human heart. We know the human heart is a substandard product. It’s offensive to put this forward as part of a discussion about policy as opposed to theodicy and meditation. We know that the vast, vast proportion of gun owners use them legally and safely. We also know that gun deaths are rare in many other countries quite similar to the USA for the simple reason they don’t have so many friggin’ guns all over the place. This is obvious. And guns just make it easy to kill a lot of people really quickly. Freely available body armor helps too.

Columbine didn’t do it. The shooting in Aurora didn’t do it. Virginia Tech didn’t do it. Maybe the brazen daytime murder of 20 little boys and girls will get us to start talking seriously again about the role of guns in our society, and the ways in which we can perhaps try to prevent something like this from ever happening again. Perhaps this shames the National Rifle Association to come to the table and discuss ways to impose reasonable restrictions on gun ownership that isn’t violative of the Constitution, but also helps to prevent angry lunatics from becoming living, breathing characters from Call of Duty with a few clicks of a mouse. I take some solace in the fact that on Friday afternoon the NRA’s website was fully accessible, but the Brady Campaign’s was so slammed with traffic that it went down.

“Guns don’t kill people, people kill people”. Well, not exactly. It’s more accurate to say that, with both celerity and efficiency, people with guns kill people. In the case of the Connecticut shooting, the shooter:gun ratio was 1:4.

I’m not a gun person, and I’m not creative enough to know what to do or how to even begin to fix what’s quite obviously a horrible sickness in our society. But I am a parent, and I’ll tell you this:

I’m sick of this shit. I’m sick of guns, I’m sick of mass murders, and I’m sick of this shit. Every day is a good day to talk about gun control. Ask James Brady. He took a bullet in the head for Ronald Reagan.

Have a nice weekend.

Stories for Jamey

3 Oct

In the wake of Jamey Rodemeyer’s recent suicide, a great deal of attention has been paid to bullying. Since Rodemeyer was quite clearly a victim of bullying for the last several years in two separate schools in the Williamsville School District, the attention is needed and deserved.

I will note, however, that people generally don’t take their own lives unless there is an underlying psychiatric issue at play – some form of anxiety or depression.  We’ll never know if the psychiatric issue was something with which he could have coped, absent the bullying. A scan of his Tumblr reveals he either didn’t like Facebook’s newsfeed, or didn’t like the content he saw in his – it’s not clear.  On September 11th, he posted “hate my parents so much.”  On September 13th, he posted that “my parents just said they never wanted me to be born.” On September 14th, he discussed the fact that he was a cutter.

If true, it means Jamey Rodemeyer had larger issues than just bullying. I guess it’s a cautionary tale for parents to be hypervigilant about what your kids are writing and doing online.

It was revealed in the Buffalo News that some parents are quite disappointed with the school district’s reaction to Rodemeyer’s suicide. Clearly, this is a teachable moment about mutual respect and awareness of bullying, but the Williamsville district is remaining largely silent, with the exception of a rather rote grief counseling memo to parents, which has since been deleted and replaced with this.  At a school dance the other day, Rodemeyer’s former bullies targeted his sister, Alyssa, and expressed happiness over Jamey’s death.  One of those kids has been suspended. Personally, I don’t think that’s enough, but our legal system isn’t adequately set up to really deter or punish that kind of ugly behavior.

At this point, I don’t understand why the community doesn’t have the names of those specific bullies who tormented Jamey, and who continue to torment his sister. I can’t fathom why we don’t have names, the parents’ names, and loads more details about these vicious people who have no capability to interact in contemporary society.

The response I received after what I posted about Jamey’s situation was overwhelming. Many parents, students, and former students reached out to tell me their horror stories – that the bullying is pervasive at Williamsville North, that the administration does nothing to stop it, and that it’s an inherent part of the culture there. My heart breaks for kids who have to go to school afraid – afraid at embarrassment, humiliation, beatings, and other forms of harassment and battery. That they get no relief or help from the adults who work there is even sadder. Here are some of their stories:

When I first entered high school I was excited.

I would be meeting so many new people and be able together involved in so many new things. High school, I thought, was going to allow me to open up and be myself. This was not exactly the case. 

Being involved with the Drama Club, spring musical and many different choral groups attracted a lot of attention. Some positive and some negative. By my friends I was know for being charismatic and outgoing, very friendly and confident. But to those who didn’t know me I was the gay kid who didn’t “act black” that was a freak for being involved with theatre and gymnastics. 

A lot of the boys in my gym classes would make a show of changing when I was around. Asking what I was looking at. It got to the point where I would wear my gym clothes under my school clothes and go through my day wearing two pairs of clothes. 

I was nervous about coming out of the closet because I feared being ridiculed worse than I already was. My sophomore year I wound up dating a girl that I fooled myself into having feelings for. That was the year that “The List” came out. There was this horrible list with things written about people that were just plain rude. Mine was “Brandon Obrian: Your black and gay and that sucks.” I laughed at first, just ignoring the fact that it was about me by saying how they spelled my name wrong. But as soon as this list circulated the entire school I could feel people’s eyes on me and I knew what they were thinking. 

My junior year was mostly fine. It was the year that my father had passed away and I think that most people felt bad for me. For what they knew I was already quiet. But now I was quiet and sad. I want to say that everyone was sympathetic. But not many were.

My senior year in may of 2010 I finally came out of the closet. Deciding that I was graduating soon and that I no longer cared what the people I went to school with though of me. I never made a public announcement, but my Facebook said that I was dating a boy, and not one from our school. My profile was also update to say that I was interested in men. 

A lot of people were proud and over all happy that I had finally become comfortable with myself, but there were still some that would ask me inappropriate questions about my personal sex life that felt were an invasion of my privacy. 

Along with all of that I have had encounters with straight boys from my school that pretended to be gay to see what they could get me to say or do or admit to feelings that they thought that I had. 

After high school I have found life easier. I have yet to meet any people who are disapproving or think that there is something wrong with me. College has proved to be much more welcoming and accepting. 

High school was, at times, a tragic experience for me. And it was something that I had kept bottled up inside and didn’t share with people. Though I had at some times reached out for guidance I did not ever receive the help that I needed. This was especially worse in middle school when a certain teacher said nothing and did nothing about my being harassed as it happened in front of her. The only solution she could think of was to force the the boy to sit next to me and give a halfhearted apology. 

Seeing those who bullied me in high school after graduating is always an awkward experience. But I don’t let their past cruelty affect my behavior. I have learned that being bullied is not something to cry over and that the best revenge is success. My goals and dreams have motivated me to keep positive and stay strong even when I felt very down and nearly suicidal. All I have to say is that things honestly do get better. I used to hate myself and my life and wished that I was different. But now I love myself and I am happy with my life and the positive direction it is going in. – Brandon Michael O’Brien

Well I have been bullied a couple times,

I’m graduated now but I was wearing a skirt to school and it wasn’t a short skirt, it was longer and because of what I was wearing a bunch of people literally circled around me in the hallway and made fun of me till I cried. I had to be taken to the office so they could call my parents and bring me different clothes. It was a horrible experience and bullying needs to be stopped. – Anonymous

My name is Giselle Binette,

Jamey was one of my closest and truest friends. He was like a little brother to me. We would always talk about Lady GaGa and discusses her new videos and songs. I remember when we kept talking about the VMA’s and how amazing her performance was. I also remember way before that, all the times he was there for me when I was down. I loved him like my own brother. He was the brother I never had.

I have an event on Facebook in honor of him: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=253420008030411

We miss him very much, but finally, with hard work. GaGa retweeted me and my friends and she will be talking with the President about this.

We want bullying of any forms to be a crime. I want this done for Jamey.

We all miss him and love him SO very much ❤

I hope God is taking great care of him. R.I.P. ❤

I also wanted to say,

That the people who bullied him, should be ashamed… I apologize for not really focusing on that, but I just wanted to show the good that is happening such as GaGa and us trying to get a law for Jamey!

But, I really think the bullying at North is AWFUL. Many schools are awful, and it needs to stop. I understand bullies have self problems, but they do not need to take it out on such beautiful people like Jamey.

BUT, remember to not be mean back. Because violence begets violence.

STAY STRONG FOR JAMEY – Giselle Binette

Bullying at North is not taken care of like it should be.


I was bullied for years at North and no one ever stepped in to stop it. I was being made fun of and these bullies intentionally did things that would hurt me (vandalize my locker, etc). The administration said they could never really step in and do anything because they didn’t see or hear these things being said or being done. It was awful having to go to school every day knowing that these bullies may do or say something to me. I was scared to go to school because of them. I never wanted this to happen to anyone else because I knew how hard it was to wake up everyday and have to go to school. I wish Jamey didn’t have to experience all that pain. I hope the administration, government, etc step in and do something about bullying before it gets worse than it already is. – Anonymous

I went to Williamsville North and I can truly say it was the worst 4 years of my life.

You acquired the feeling that very few cared for you especially due to administration changes that occurred when I went there. I will always remember how North shut down a club that was supportive of the gay community without any justification, they just required it to be shut down. I’m not sure of all the details, but I distinctly remember this and I’m not too sure how the situation ended up. The weird thing about all the bullying that occurred at North was that it mostly seemed like it was always just “cyber-bullying.” Everyone was too afraid to express themselves because they were too concerned about maintaining their image and frankly, the majority of Williamsville kids suck and are too cowardly to take a stance. It’s a shame when someone with enough courage and pride comes along like Jamey and they’re persecuted because of they are one of the very few at that school to be themselves. My thoughts and prayers go to Jamey’s family and friends. Rest in peace, Jamey, you’ll have forever made a difference in this world. – Anonymous

Well I’m a senior at Hamburg High School,

and I myself have been the bullied and I have also been a bully myself. Bullying is a terrible thing now a days. Facebook and twitter doesn’t really help either knowing 43% of teens claimed to have been cyber-bullied in the past year.

People just don’t understand how harmful bullying can be until something like this happens. If you see bullying going on, go to your school counselor and alert them about it as quickly as possibly so good people like jamey can live their life to the fullest without a person making fun of them for their sexual preference, race etc.

All in all, something needs to be done about bullying. Some sort of bill that punishes you for it. RIP JAMEY NOH8 – Anonymous

Having just graduated from North

I can say North was comprised of 65% that minded their own business, 25% that became ridiculed for either their appearance, sexuality, race, and other factors, with just 10% of the student population thinking they were above the rest. That 10% of kids made it very apparent that they thought their status rose above others. I recall a time in 2010-2011 where a gay couple would be holding hands in the halls and everywhere they walked, students would gather together to whisper about their relationship. There were times where some students trying to impress others, would scream out derogative at the couple. If we live in a society today where peoples concerns are based upon hate, gossip and social status, oh what has the world come too. People need to really understand how to build true sustaining relationships between others. Learn how to spot out acts of hate. Conjure up belief in yourself that you can stop it. Do something before its too late. Everybody just wants to be treated with respect for what they stand for. – Anonymous

I went to williamsville north and graduated two years ago.


It was a great time in my life because my parents gave me the power to brush off bullying when i was younger. Everyone gets made fun of and everyone pokes fun of other people. If you claim you never have you are lying. This is a tragedy because no one took the time to empower this kid and give him the strength to move on.I myself was made of of i was extremely small growing up and took a lot of stuff because kids knew i couldn’t do anything. so instead i either looked the other way or i outsmarted them and went at them harder. I had friends who were “fat” and were made fun of because of it. i had friends who made choices that got them made fun but they were all able to move on because there was a general understanding in my grade that people who were bullying were weak themselves. Bullying is never going to go away, im sorry but its true. You cant honestly believe that a law should be made against being mean. It is the parents/school/administraion’s job to give kids the tools to defend bullying early in life. The other part of this is how victims have no real way of getting out of it. Think about it a bully picks on a kid. the kid tells on the bully he gets suspended. IF YOU THINK THAT THIS BULLY ISNT GOING TO COME BACK HARDER HALF THE TIME YOU ARE HIGHLY MISTAKEN. In past time if someone picked on you you challenged them fought them or made fun of them back. Unfortunately the schools have taken these defenses away from victims because apparently standing up for yourself is against school policy. I feel awful for this kids family friends and everyone around him. may he rest in peace. – Anonymous

Cursive

20 Jan

I stopped using cursive (which we called “script”) the moment my school stopped making us use it.