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I had a student contact me n FB a few years ago telling me that he was going to be going to jail for “waving a gun” in someone’s face during an argument. I gave him my mailing address and said write me. I didn’t think anything of it. I hadn’t heard from him, Now, I want you all to understand that this kid lived in a real rough part of Houston, so his story was not shocking. It’s a way of life. I assumed he didn’t take my info with him. Fast forward 2 years, I am deleting old FB contacts TBC

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Thank you for your kind words. I have a funny story about this kid.

One day in class he just looked at me and said, “Are you sure you’re white? You don’t act like a white person.”
I about fell over laughing. I am from a small, predominantly white, little country town. I couldn’t be any “whiter.” I just giggled, looked at my pasty white arms and said, Not all white people act the same. Just like not all the people around here act the same.”
It just made me sad that that was his experience with white teachers as a high school student.

David, that is his name, and the other kids who I worked with that year taught me a lot. They broadened my perspective.

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I am so sorry! I know that doesn’t help much, but I wanted to just type this to let you know that I read this and it hit my heart too.

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Heartbreaking to read. May you find some peace knowing that you made a strong impact on him as a student, so much so that he thought of you as an ally when he was desperate. Sadly, a teacher couldn’t change a court decision. It’s a terrible tragedy, yet clearly, not your fault. Peace and blessings to you.

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TBC.... I see that he died 2 years ago. I am not sure how. He would have been 22 years old. I am heart broken. He was such a good hearted person. I am just ... no words.

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Wow, how sad! 😞 Sorry to hear this.

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OMG... the guy committed suicide. Before he went to jail... he committed suicide. What am I supposed to do with this?

I can’t stop crying. I was crying when I saw that he died. Now that I know he was reacting out...

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I am so so sorry...hoping you find peace 💔💔💔

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I’m sorry my condolences. I’m praying for you .

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