A student blows up at a teacher, drops the F-bomb. The usual approach at Lincoln – and, safe to say, at most high schools in this country – is automatic suspension. Instead, Sporleder sits the kid down and says quietly: “Wow. Are you OK? This doesn’t sound like you. What’s going on?”
He gets even more specific: “You really looked stressed. On a scale of 1-10, where are you with your anger?” The kid was ready. Ready, man! For an anger blast to his face….”How could you do that?” “What’s wrong with you?”…and for the big boot out of school. But he was NOT ready for kindness.
The armor-plated defenses melt like ice under a blowtorch and the words pour out: “My dad’s an alcoholic. He’s promised me things my whole life and never keeps those promises.” The waterfall of words that go deep into his home life, which is no piece of breeze, end with this sentence: “I shouldn’t have blown up at the teacher.” Whoa."
what a radical idea yo
Bam. Kids “misbehave” for actual, real, valid reasons. And have feelings.
For fuck’s sake, it takes the people in charge so long to figure shit like this out! Good for Lincoln High!
This needs to be the policy EVERYWHERE…
I really hope they apply this to kids (especially girls) yelling at each other in school as well. Because one of the ways I was bullied hard in school was that the assholes would whisper their insults at me and I’d either have to ignore it (so they know they’d get away with doing it whenever they wanted) or I could yell at them and risk getting MYSELF in trouble. It’s another way girls in particular are conditioned to grin and bear it.
That happened to me all the time. People were always so shocked when I finally had enough of people’s shit and lost it.
accepting your attraction to yet another fictional character
I wonder how many people identify as genderqueer in Somalia
Oh, wait. I forgot. Those people have actual problems.
I’m from a “third world country” and to add to that I’m from a very conservative predominantly Muslim country. I’m about to drop a BOMB SHELL on you, bro.
There are gay people. There are genderqueer people. There are trans* people. But they can’t be open about it for the most part because they may even be shunned by their own family. We are all products of our society and there is ABSOLUTELY nothing wrong with exploring yourself and your feelings and your identity.
If it’s safe and you can share it why the fuck not? Because if someone has the audacity to put a name to their identity then we can’t deal with poverty or racism?
No shut up.
Also here are some more fun facts:
- We have internet!
- We have sex!
- I had a pet cat!
- I was a specialized education teacher! (And I’m a woman! WHAT!)
- We had feminism!
- We had hardcore and punk and rap shows/Music scene!
- Cable TV!
- Parks and playgrounds!
- Medical care!
- Cell phones!
- ALL THIS AND MUCH MUCH MORE.
All this and I’m still worried about silly things like racism, sexism and cissexism! And I still think you’re ridiculous and have made absolutely zero points!
I’m sorry you think we’re too primitive to know about gender identity.
I’m always kind of happy when I see Konan/Kakuzu getting shipped on his tag
DO YOU EVER GET SO ATTACHED TO ONE OF YOUR INTERNET FRIENDS THAT WHEN THEY’RE NOT ONLINE OR THEY’RE ONLINE AND THEY’RE NOT REALLY TALKING TO YOU YOU CAN FEEL YOUR INSIDES WHINING LIKE A SMALL KITTEN
AND YOU LIKE WANT TO TALK TO THEM BUT YOU’RE AFRAID YOU’RE ANNOYING THEM TO DEATH EVEN THOUGH THEY CONSTANTLY TELL YOU THAT YOU DON’T ANNOY THEM
AND YOU JUST WANT TO BE NEXT TO THEM AND LOVE ON THEM AND IN GENERAL BE WITH THEM
guaranteed to make your friends shit themselves
I have a mighty need