They’re Out to Get Me

Joe - Dracut, Massachusetts
Entered on May 27, 2008
Age Group: 18 - 30
Themes: place, setbacks

Lawrence Academy may be the only school I’ve ever herd of that try’s to get seniors kicked out during their last term before they graduate. Mr. Horne yelled at about fifteen seniors after an assembly, saying that he wants to kick out a senior before we graduate to teach us a lesson. Guess who he was staring at while he said it, yours truly. I really believe that at this school everyone is out to get me.

To their defense, I wasn’t exactly a model citizen or anything. Yes, I can be rude and obnoxious, especially during senior spring. I had been doing things that could get me in real trouble at school, but I had kept it hidden so well that there was no way they could know about it. Then I slipped and got myself caught for drinking. I got the notice that I had been iteamed for drinking in school. I was heated. I had herd it was the year of the rat, but I hadn’t actually felt any of it until now. I could’ve understood being iteamed if the school had been trying to get me in trouble. I would’ve been fine with it, but this was a week later and no one was talking about it. I didn’t take this as a warning though; I took it as a speed bump.

Then about two days later Sheehan told me he had herd about what was going on in my room and to get rid of everything before we had dorm searches. This is one teacher I know was on my side. I finally took the warning. I cleared my room of anything that could’ve gotten me in trouble. This marked the end of doing anything illegal on campus. But I still didn’t stop acting like myself. I didn’t really notice how much I had pissed everyone off until I got a level 3 for throwing a french fry. I guess I could’ve understood the punishment if they were doing it to enforce cafeteria rules that had been broken a lot recently, but I knew it wasn’t because the kid that threw a french fry with me didn’t get in trouble. This was when I started to feel that they really were trying to give me the boot.

The worst by far was when Mr. Horne decided to investigate a rumor he had herd about me and a girl. He hears rumors everyday and lets them go in one ear and out the other. However, since it was me he decided to try and get me kicked out over the incident by making up details of the story that didn’t happen. When he couldn’t get me in trouble he was the angriest I had ever seen him. The last thing he said to me that day still makes me laugh, “Don’t think that I’m going to be tailing you, trying to find something to get you kicked out; but if I hear of any little thing you do that’s out of line I’m going to get you.” A little contradictory, don’t you think? I know I have plenty of people who are on my side and want met to graduate, but the way Mr. Horne and Mr. Franklin have been attacking me this spring it really makes me believe that everyone is out to get me.