Academic journal article English Journal

Staff Meeting Announcing Cuts

Academic journal article English Journal

Staff Meeting Announcing Cuts

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Immediately following the announcement that five teachers in the room will lose their jobs in May, the principal shows the suicide prevention video. Stammering assurances, he fiddles with his tie, presses play, steps away, and the woman in the video smiles, reminds us we can be prosecuted if we don't tell a parent that their teen is suicidal. Talk to the teen, she says, tell them there are other options. In the reenactment, a boy gives away his driver's license as a gift, and I think about how, since high school, I have struggled to spell license correctly. For years, I looked it up in the dictionary. Now, I look for the red line under the word, like the white line healed into the inside of my arm. Once there was no word for cutter. Now, there's a video for that too. The woman says, smiling, Tell them they could be a teacher someday, and I want back my bangs falling blackly into my eyes as I roll them. …

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