I spent a miserable year in the eighth grade (see reflections911.wordpress.com/2016/05/27/as-we-forgive-those-who-trespass-against-us)
At the end of it, my parents asked me which high school I preferred to attend: our local Catholic school or the public school. They really talked up the Catholic school—it was a wonderful school with a great reputation. On the other hand, they downplayed the public one—it was in a “blue collar” neighborhood and wasn’t known for its academic prowess.
Hmmmmmmm. The girls in my class who had bullied me all through grade school planned to attend the Catholic one. Should I spend another four years with my tormentors? I wasn’t stupid. So, to my parents’ great surprise, I opted for the public school.
I thought it would end the bullying.
I was wrong. Continue reading