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Oh, Christy. How can you fit so much into one post? You are doing great work with those kids...and with your own...AND you made me laugh out loud at the end. All on next to no sleep!

I feel for that little boy. I feel for all those children in school, why cant we all get along? It takes one person in their lives to make a difference to help them become better people who then will try to raise there own children the right way. Your making that difference christy.
I grew up with racial slurs flung at me as a child and still as an adult I hear those insults and have to fight to control my anger so I wont try to jump in and fight them with my fists. I teach my own children to be proud of our heritage and to respect others. Like that little boy in your office, I am proud to be native. I am proud to be Lakota.

They are so lucky to have you at that school. I would've wanted to take both boys outside and hang them on pegs by their undies! Nobody would have learned a thing. When someone like you is there, I have faith that those kids will turn out ok. Oh and how do you keep a straight face when they say some of those things?

just for the record, the anatomical name for the chin is "mentum" - so I guess at least he's going on the same indicators that inspired the bone-namers.

we're doing a community health project on bullying at one of the local high schools, and in a meeting yesterday, the members of my group admitted that they wouldn't defend someone who was being bullied, wouldn't step in. Thanks for being strong enough to show the kids what's right and take the time to explain why. As the recent rash of suicides of gay teens and college students indicates, bullying doesn't stop when we get out of elementary school. You could be saving somebody's life with the work you're doing now.


I just had to let you know that this post made me smile.
You are doing a good job in all fronts, for sure!

Never underestimate what may have changed through your conversation.... I still remember in junior high when I was using the R word and a friend explained to me how offensive it was (her father worked with developmentally disabled adults).

Never used that word again.

Keep on doing what you're doing.

You are the best!! Believe in yourself.
I am a grandmother tonight- I of course sent pictures to your mum and aunt- I am in heaven.

I am glad you are working with those kids. I teach in a special ed room and my first year there one of the aide would use the word retarded ALL the time!!! I couldn't believe it! My other aides and I would just look at each other and cringe. Finally, I got up the nerve to bring it up with her. I don't think she "got it", but she DID stop using the word in my room!
Have you seen the commercials where kids call something "gay" and the announce (usually a famous person) come out and says "how would you like it if someone says, "that is SO 16 year old girl"". I LOVE those commercials!

So this same boy was in my office during a lunch meeting with other kids who are "potential leaders". (they influence kids both positively and negatively)
In reference to something he said, "That's gay!" Then he looked at me and with a slight smile said "That's lame!"

Sometimes Fleming, I smile and laugh the moment they walk out the door, that is if I don't smile with them.

And yes, I love every word you all wrote here.

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