Sorry. Another heavy page. And it's that much harsher because of the source on this one. We'll lighten up a bit soon, I promise.
Thoughts on this one?
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I can't say I'm surprised. Given this school's environment, I can't be surprised at how harshly Emily is being treated. Truly, I feel bad for Emily and wish the people there would just leave her alone and try to support her instead of make her feel like shit. But, sadly, this is a Christian school, so... Emily's in for a rough ride. :(
@TallMist: I must confess I hate religions, most say they are about being decent and loving one another etc but when the truth of the matter comes up the religious schools tend to have a pretty hostile enviroment.
As someone who has gone to some christian schools, they were some of my most hostile enviroments for how others treated me student wise (and helped cement me as an atheist).
Wish they would practice what they preached but enough about religion, free hugs to Emily and Rain!
They need to be strong together here, they will get through it, just will take time for things to settle...
But is the religious nature of the school really even relevant in this case? None of her classmates are talking about god or sins or their faith (we don't even have any real basis for how religious any of these kids are). Even if you want to talk about their potential upbringings, they're points of negativity aren't really grounded in anything religious.
@LittleLynn84: Just because god and living in sin aren't being brought up doesn't mean that the hostile, toxic environment that Emily is being subjected to isn't directly related to the religious nature of the school.
@LittleLynn84: Yes, it is relevant. I hear stories all the time about how religious private schools are horrible towards LGBT+ people, pregnant teens, some even black people, etc.
The expectations some people have can cause harm if they are really high. We try to be the person everyone thinks we are, but they don't know we aren't as perfect as they think we are. It feels like you have depression and everyone thinks you just need to lighten up, or they think you are crazy and must be sent to a mad house.
So when I loaded this page, the ad (which I assume is random) is for unplanned pregnancy support. Best ad placement ever.
Wow I think this is the first time we get to see Holly mad, At least that is how she looks on this page
This hit a bit close to home. My best friend from high school got his girlfriend pregnant after we both went off to college. What I said to him after I found out wasn't all that different from what Holly says here. Despite being the best man at his wedding shortly thereafter, we don't really talk anymore.
Holly's and my response comes from fear. "If this person I admire, and who I see as a much stronger person (whether in smarts or faith), can screw up this much, what chance do I have at leading a good life?"
My friend is still married with three more kids and is now a pastor. So, the chances must still be pretty good.
"But is the religious nature of the school really even relevant in this case?"
I wouldn't think so ... but then you're the writer! ;-)
The majority of people, perhaps the vast majority, react emotionally to any surprising/upsetting event, even if it doesn't directly involve them, by first thinking only about how it effects them. Thought about the people actually involved comes later, if at all.
Debbie and Holly seem to me to be reacting rather normally to the situation and if religion comes into it at all, it is only as a background note upping the emotional ante a bit.
Sadly, that kind of reaction is common everywhere. Few are attacked so viciously as those who are put on a pedestal and fail to remain there.
If there is any correlation to religiosity at all, it is probably that some religions require their followers to put someone on a pedestal and therefore select for those who are more prone to doing so.