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Thompson: Passing Words

Society invests plenty in policing after alleged gang-related murders, but the emotional effects on fellow students can be lost to adults.

This week as I rushed past some hall-walkers to address one of my student’s situation, a kid’s perplexing smirk/smile - the type that can make 13 years olds so annoying - caught my eye. He was dancing around in a graceless, ants-in-your pants manner, almost backpedaling, and not seeming to take much enjoyment in his escape from class.  He reminded me of my recently deceased student. So rather than issue a perfunctory "where are you supposed to be?" interrogation, I took careful note for future reference. In passing, I overheard:

"Did you see him die?"

"Yeah, I saw the whole thing."


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