Thursday, February 26, 2009
Out On A Limb
Sometimes you're the hawk, above it all and feeling pretty darn apexpredatory. Everybody beware!
Sometimes you're the turtle, barely hanging on and thinking maybe it would be easier to just give up and slide back into the water.
If you've been coming to Pure Florida for awhile, you know I was mentoring a young guy, who we shall call "Frank". I wrote about Frank most recently here, and earlier here.
I was trying to be a positive influence on a young life that was at a crossroads. I suppose everyday is a crossroads for all of us, but I think you know what I mean.
I like to think teachers do that in general with all kids, being a positive influence I mean, but I was taking a little extra time to guide and encourage Frank.
A few days ago, an officer of the law showed up at my classroom door and asked for Frank.
"Tell him to bring his stuff", she said.
That was the last I've seen of Frank, and today I got the withdrawal notice in my mailbox, so he no longer goes to school here. He will be going to school in a different county.
On the form, there's a place for the teacher to place his grade at the time of withdrawal. When I look his up on the computer, it is an 89 ... one point from an A.
With a quick stroke of my pen I round it up to 90, an A, on the withdrawal form.
It's the last positive thing I can do for him.