And yet, I do like my job. Yesterday I went to the courthouse to support a former student who had been charged with felony battery and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. I adored this young man and just couldn't see him hurting anyone! Turns out, my instincts were right. He did not commit the battery and the court dropped that charge.
I am so upset about the drug charge. This young man just graduated from high school -- which is a real victory. School is not his style! He's enrolled in a trade school. I told him I'd try to help him get through the criminal justice system.
It is an honor to get know young people and to feel -- once in a while -- that you've actually helped someone. My days at school are hectic and intense, and I often feel that I'm treading water. It's easy to forget that I am lucky to be a part of a larger community.