High School Hell

Teresa talks about some of the experiences she went through going to school. Yikes. I don't know of anyone who looks back at school pre-college and thinks of it as a great experience. I think everyone gets picked on in school; of course, the levels can vary as Teresa points out. I had my share of ridicule and teasing. One kid always threatened me from 3rd grade to 6th grade, and I have no idea why [1]. Another kid picked on me because I was "fat" (of course, he picked on anyone because he was fatter than anyone, had no sense of cleanliness, and was basically just a loudmouth [2]). I think what made my life easier is that the principal at my high school made it crystal clear that any harrasment would be dealt with severely. Our high school had a reputation for freshmen getting harrassed, probably because the old principal didn't give a shit. The new principal my freshman year stopped all of that. I'm not saying I liked him, but he made the educational environment easier.

Honestly, I was so happy to get out of high school. By my senior year I was doing what I wanted to do and I really didn't do much with people from my class (due to my religious conversion and playing in a band, but that's another story :) ). Once I finally decided to go to college, I wanted out. Being from such a small town leads to individuals with small dreams and small visions, and I couldn't stand it. When I got to college I fell in love with learning, and grad school was a blast. But now that I'm going to become a parent, I have to somehow instill in my child that bullies are just scared assholes with no future and that you have to stand up for being who you are and to ignore the stupidity that some kids spew from their mouths. That's easier said than done, though.

[1] The funny thing is by the time I got to high school I was bigger and stronger than he was. Part of me just wanted to beat the shit out of him for all the threats and intimidation he put me through, but that would not have amounted to anything useful.

[2] I found out well after my high school days that this guy died in a car accident. For some strange reason I felt absolutely no sadness about it.

* Posted at 11.23.2004 11:05:14 AM CST | Link *

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