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  • Hi, mom, it's me.

  • I got in trouble again at school today.

  • Hi, this is Miss. Jones again.

  • I'm finding your son very disruptive in class, more so than other students.

  • I feel like the teacher doesn't like me.

  • Other kids do bad things, but they don't get in trouble.

  • He's defiant and shows a real lack of respect for any structure or authority.

  • I hate school because the teachers are always mean to me, and I don't feel like I'm learning anything.

  • I'm really concerned about his behavior.

  • It doesn't bode well for his future.

  • I'm always getting in trouble for what I didn't do.

  • We're going to have to adopt a zero-tolerance policy, young man.

  • School keeps calling my mother, and she gets really, really mad at me.

  • What is going on?

  • You better explain yourself.

  • I feel like the whole world is just turned up against me and doesn't like me anymore.

  • There are days I get up, and I just decide I'm not going to school.

  • If you go to the park, like, everybody's always telling me I'm not worth anything, so what's the point of trying?

  • I know the cops are watching us, but we just hope we don't get caught.

  • Your son's absences are a problem.

  • They will definitely affect his grade point average.

  • I don't feel safe in my class anymore.

  • Should I assume you're unprepared again today?

  • I would always eventually get picked on by the teacher, and he makes examples (an example) of me.

  • I feel really singled out, and I just try to avoid people.

  • Because every time I look, somebody's always talking about me: "Oh, she's always getting in trouble."

  • But I started fighting more because nobody wants to hang out around a troublemaker.

  • The only time I have real friends is when I'm on the block, so...

  • That's where I'll stay.

  • I'm sure you understand we take our discipline policies very seriously here at the school.

  • What are we going to do about your son?

  • [African American and Latino students are expelled at a rate three times greater than whites.]

Hi, mom, it's me.

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