I met some great students today. Great students. I won’t share their names because I didn’t ask, but today I met:
I know that they are just beginning their journeys, but I’m loving their energy and I want to publicly proclaim that they are amazing!
I don’t usually post things written by other people, but I met this guy today and I couldn’t not share is genius. Since he’s a published writer I don’t feel bad about sharing his name. Please take a look at the articles Anthony Turner has written and share them with a friend.
Trayvon Martin, Unarmed and Innocent on the NYTimes blog
As a young black male myself, I sometimes get the sense that other people judge me on my appearance. The fact that I’m a black kid in a hoodie is a mark against me (even though I don’t do anything “suspicious” at all). At times I feel self-conscious, wondering if people on the subway or street automatically wonder: “Is he a troublemaker? Should I hold onto my phone tighter?” It makes me feel bad to think that these kinds of thoughts surface in people’s heads when they see a black person.
Foster Teen: ‘I Needed Emotional Support, Not Medication” on The Huffington Post
My caseworker came to my foster mom’s house and told me that he would take me to KFC and then to a “nice place to get help.” I thought, “OK, that sounds cool. I get my favorite food and I go to a center to feel better.”
The next stop we made was a psychiatric hospital for kids. We went through door after door, and it dawned on me that every door had a lock. Once the door shut you couldn’t open it. The doors locked you in. They intended to keep me here. That realization gave me a panic attack. I started running and the security tackled me. I was forcibly dragged in.
Huffington Post – “Foster Teen: I Was Put In A Psych Ward. I Wasn’t Crazy” was picked up on the Citizen’s Commission on Human Rights International website
I felt forced into signing a bunch of papers. I didn’t realize I was signing consent to take medication.
The first things they prescribed were Depakote and Risperdal. I didn’t get a say in what I wanted, and that made me feel powerless.
At the hospital, staff joked about it in a perverse way. “Hey kids, come and get your happy pills!” “Come right up for your Skittles, it makes the world a better place!” I was disgusted that the staff were making light of my situation. I wondered how they’d feel if they were forced to take pills in a lockdown facility.
Kids are awesome and I’m soooo looking forward to seeing all the good things they do in the world!
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