Today, You’re You and That is Enough. My Students are Amazing.

This year I started at a new school. It's in a completely different part of the city, with a completely different set of problems. I miss my old students and co-workers, but fate has definitely put me here for a reason. The other day I wrote about a speech I gave to a group of 8th grade students at a retreat. I spoke from the heart and told them about my kids. About their differences. About acceptance. I had this opportunity all because of an email. A few months ago two…

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Enough is Enough. We Have to Put an End to Bullying. Now.

There was a story in the media last week about a girl who took her own life in front of her family. Brandy Vela was in so much pain that she felt her only option was suicide. This story has kept me up at night. This was such a beautiful human being who had the rest of her life ahead of her. I can't imagine how horrible she had to feel on the inside to come to this conclusion. The pain had to have been unbearable. And all because of…

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For the Love of God. Suicide is Not Taking The Easy Way Out!

When you have the flu, you feel horrible. You lie in bed in the fetal position. You don't try to hide it from everyone. You don't try to deal with it all on your own. You let others know that you're sick and that you need their help. When the flu knocks the socks right off of you, you run to the doctor, talk openly about your symptoms and have no problem taking any medication the doctor prescribes. Because you don't want to feel that lousy anymore. You want to…

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