Wednesday, November 20, 2013
As most of you know I am a teacher and truly passionate about making a difference in the lives of the young people I am blessed to work with, while also guiding,sometimes pulling, them to strive to make a difference... Well, yesterday, I commented in my HS Psych class that a particular young lady was absent for the second day in a row and I was concerned, and that somebody needed to touch base with her and find out what's up and how we can help... (she's a senior who lives on her own and to say the least hasn't had an easy path... she's very near and dear to my heart... as are most of my "kids")... Anyway, I began working with another group, when a group of four senior girls, called me over and repeated back what I had said about this young lady,.... they had taken it upon themselves to text her, phones are NOT permitted in school, but I firmly believe there are exceptions to this rule, and this turned out to be one of those cases, long story short this young lady, was extremely depressed over a boyfriend, who the girls knew a great deal of not so good information about, I won't go into great detail but lets just say this older guy appears to be very controlling, hostile, and into some illegal activities... He hadn't been "home" for three days, after a BIG fight and she was spiraling even deeper into dispair.... to the point that she was crying along side the road... Anyway... this group of girls, not all of whom were good friends... kept texting her, one of the girls gained permission from her mom to sign out of school to go check on the young lady! The rest of the girls and I met in my room, waiting to see how we should proceed and talking.. thank goodness everything went well...... I am so proud of this group of girls... as they opted to change their after school plans to go to this girls house, pick her up and head to Taco Bell, they felt like she needed to have a "normal" time with friends....she agreed to go with them. Unfortunately, HE came back home and she bailed on them at the last minute, but the four of them, still got together.... Now, I shall step in and talk with this young lady, she's so so bright and has unlimited potential, but right now she doesn't see that... she only sees the here and now, the fact that her family doesn't value education and have a great variety of issues doesn't help, but I believe with the encouragement of these girls and support from myself and other adults we can and will continue to make a difference in this young lady's life.