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The Identities Of The Misinterpreted

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When people think of middle schools in suburban America, they’re  pictured to be filled with angst  and students being completely dramatic.  This is not necessarily untrue, but there are deeper issues when it comes to young teenagers in everyday life.  This is a view through three teenagers’ eyes.  They are middle school students here at Warner Middle School. Eighth grader, Gavin Quirolo, brought us into his world when explaining his experience with  how kids are treated and how they treat others.  “If they go against the status quo they’re going to be treated different. It’s kind of a societal hierarchy in middle school environments,” Gavin said.  The problem of bullies seems to be much deeper. To him, kids are treated a lot differently based on appearance.

Sixth grader, Nidhi Mistry, elaborated on what she sees specifically in the hallways. “Usually kids will physically push and shove other children and tend to get away with it since there aren’t any teachers paying attention.”  This statement is surprising since teachers are on guard outside of their classroom doors between passing time but when asked why kids do this, Nidhi let us know that in her experience “Certain boys would bully me when no teachers happened to be around at the time.”  Even with teachers in the hallways, there is so much activity that they can’t always catch everyone.

Lastly, a seventh grader said that it’s not just physical and emotional bullying that is occurring in the halls: it’s verbal as well, “Most of the time people are making fun of me when they’re speaking about me in front of me or calling me out for the way I look.”  She then elaborated on her personal feelings when these  situations  happen to her, and she explained how it made her feel sad and she would then look for ways that she could  change herself.

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