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As I've mentioned before, I'm a science teacher in a small NY "city" (population roughly 9,000). Put your finger on the point where the NY, NJ, and PA borders converge, and you'll smoosh both the school and my home. It's a former port town, former railroad town, struggling with poverty. It's notable history includes two gold medal olympic winners, Red Badge of Courage author Stephen Crane, and the last lynching north of the Mason Dixon.

The school, being sort of city, definately lower economic, sports the sort of problems you would expect. Lots of teen pregnancies, lots of drop outs, not so many outstanding test scores. The high school has aout 1100 students, add in the elementary and middle, we're still well under 2500.

In my 8+ years here, the town has flooded, homes have burned, one of the schools collapsed, and most recently the town's been bitterly divided over the firing of a popular principal.

But the worst? The bodies.

First year, a suicide.
Second year, two high schoolers in a car accident, one badly injured.
Next three years, things were pretty quiet, though had a loss from cancer in 2003.

2005
A graduate is killed in a car accident the day before she starts college
Another is gravely injured in an accident a few weeks later, and taken off life support a month later.

2006
A thirteen year old boy killed in a hunting accident. Shot by accident, and left to die by his cousin (and my wife's ex boyfriend) and grandfather because they didn't want to loose their hunting licenses.
A ten year old girl killed in a hit and run by a serial drunk driver. He got 1-3 years.
Three seniors killed in an accident, just after picking up their caps and gowns. Another student is badly injured.

2007
An 8th grader drowns in the Delaware River.
In the last week of school, a kindergartner drops dead during field day.
A freshman cheerleader commits suicide.
A recent graduate comes home for Christmas. He hops off a brigde. His family doesn't even know he'd come back.

Today
A sophomore, cheerleader, class secretary, volleyball player, cheerleader, A student, Doors lover, fell through a skylight and died. Another student remains in serious condition.

Can it please stop?


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My town has only 4500 people and it seems much better off.

EDIT: And my town is a formor railway town which is now a port town, and many people live beneath the poverty line.



 

 

 

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misterd said:

Can it please stop?

I'll get right on that.

(And not trying to sound like a douche, well not a complete douche at least, but not sure what other comment I can make) 


In my highschool, there was a suicide a few years back in the parking lot. Theres lots of issues with gangs and the sorts, and this year like 5 or so kids got shot getting off at their bus stop. There lots more but Ive only been here this year.

I live in North Las Vegas in the ghetto part of town, my school Mojave has been on CNN many times for things of this sort.



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That is fucked up sir.

btw any comment is better than __XBrawlX__

again.. WTF is wrong with ppl.

"My town has only 4500 people and it seems much better off."

__XBrawlX__ you are a tool.



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weezy said:
That is fucked up sir.

btw any comment is better than __XBrawlX__

again.. WTF is wrong with ppl.

"My town has only 4500 people and it seems much better off."

__XBrawlX__ you are a tool.

I can't speak for the city, of course, but in my eyes, when you stop back and look at it all, it seems more farce than tragedy. It simply seems so absurd to have so many separate incidents clustered so closely together. Again, most of if has just been in the last 3 years ( little less in fact). Given what I know of the nature of this place and the people in it, I don't think many would find offense in his remark.





__XBrawlX__ if I took your post out of context and you meant no harm I am truely sorry.

This isnt the first time I have apologized for taking a post out of context.


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I missed one:
2003, 10 years old, cancer.

So that's 16 in 8 years - 14 if you discount the graduates.



Hopefully your town is due for some peace & quiet for the next couple years, but just hang in there sorry to hear that.
I live in a town of 20k, I think we have had only one murder and 4-5 old buildings burned by arson in the last 10 years, after listening to your story I can't complain.



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