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The Last Straw! Middle School Yearbook - Page 4

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Originally Posted by smillerhouse View Post
(He is gifted ADD and recently been told dyspraxia (on autism spectrum)
Dyspraxia has nothing to do with the autism spectrum. They are often linked but having one does not mean you have the other. You can be autistic and have dyspraxia or you have dyspraxia without autism but having dyspraxia does not put you on the spectrum.
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Your posts brought tears to my eyes, how totally insensitive of the teacher and some of the responses to your plights. I am glad this was moved to the SN forum, I think you will get more sympathetic and understanding posts here.

The whole idea of doing that page, regardless of what the teacher thought at the time, is beyond insensitive. Just because it is a yearbook and that is what sophomoric people consider humorous does not mean that it is. It really does not matter that someone else thinks it is not a big deal, YOU do and that is what is important.

I am PROUD of you for going further with this. Your son is lucky to have you as a Mom. You said your son isn't bothered by a lot of things, so you have to be is advocate. If the other kids and most of all the TEACHERS think it is o.k. to treat kids with special needs like this, then they need to realize that isn't the way to do it. I hope you can find a school that is a good fit for your son where the teachers are kind and empathetic.
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Now, I'm the kind of person and, especially, the kind of mama, who's ready to fight perhaps more than I should and I do think that it might not have been a wise faculty adviser who let this one slip by. At the same time, the kind of statements that follow are really actually kind of damaging to our causes. Hyperbole and overreaction are rarely the breeding ground of productive change.

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Originally Posted by boobybunny View Post
School shooters do not happen because the parenting is bad. School shootings happen because the kids do not feel safe at school. Stuff like this can just add to the weight of the straw on the camels back.. who knows what the final straw might be.

All kids that are bullied will end up fighting back. They will either take their pain out on themselves, or others. It might be that they beat the tar out of their abusers (cause that is what these people are) or find an even more violent way to regain their power.
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I'm sorry your kid had to go through so much difficulty.
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Originally Posted by mamato3cherubs View Post
True bullying is not OK. But it sound to me like typical early teen picking and teasing to me. Shelter kids from this and they are not learning all the lessons of life.
Are you kidding? "Typical early teen picking and teasing" mostly is bullying. I know it almost drove me to suicide more than once. You want to know what "lessons of life" I learned from it? Here you go:

1) Don't trust teachers...ever. They're not on your side (unless you're on Student Council and/or a jock).

2) Hide. It's the only way to be safe. Avoid people, especially peers, at all costs.

3) Being yourself is wrong. If you don't kill yourself to conform, you're a freak, and you barely deserve to live.

4) If authority figures don't understand where you're coming from, they'll assume you're lying. The less frequently you lie, the more likely they are to assume you're doing so.

Yeah - great lessons of life. School sucked. The teasing and picking might be fine, if you're socially adept at that kind of thing (ds1 goes with the flow without batting an eyelash). If you're not good at it, and if you're not one who would ever do it - not so much fun.

You also can't tell how someone feels about this kind of stuff from what they say - or even what they do. When my graduating class made up a poll category for me, I played along. I did the photo shoot, and put on the attitude, and all that. The picture is even fun...now. But, when the poll results were posted in the school caf, with "Most Likely to Become a Hell's Angel" beside my name, I seriously thought about going home and slitting my wrists. It was all in fun...for everybody else.
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