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To everyone who joined these forums at some point, and got discouraged by the negativity and left after a while (or even got literally scared off): I'm sorry.

I wasn't good enough at encouraging people to be kinder, and removing people who refuse to be kind. Encouraging people is hard, and removing people creates conflict, and I hate conflict... so that's why I wasn't better at it.

I was a very, very sensitive teen. The atmosphere of this forum as it is now, if it had existed in 1996, would probably have upset me far more than it would have helped.

I can handle quite a lot of negativity and even abuse now, but that isn't the point. I want to help people. I want to help the people who need it the most, and I want to help people like the 1996 version of me.

I'm still figuring out the best way to do that, but as it is now, these forums are doing more harm than good, and I can't keep running them.

Thank you to the few people who have tried to understand my point of view so far. I really, really appreciate you guys. You are beautiful people.

Everyone else: If after everything I've said so far, you still don't understand my motivations, I think it's unlikely that you will. We're just too different. Maybe someday in the future it might make sense, but until then, there's no point in arguing about it. I don't have the time or the energy for arguing anymore. I will focus my time and energy on people who support me, and those who need help.

-SoulRiser

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I found this site by accident, and I'm so glad I did. Before I thought I was the only person who felt this way, I was going mad!

My interests include music, films, law and mostly anything to do with writing. I would love to be a screenwriter in the future - though this is something my school, my friends and my family don't support.

I live in London, and I used to love school when I was younger (primary school) but now I'm older (year 11) I despise it. It's like a prison to me - no one can voice their own opinions and we're forced to stay there six hours a day listening to our teachers' instructions and we're not supposed to question anything. We're like robots, molded by the system.

Even though I was born in the UK, I'm from an Asian family and this has made me hate school even more because people expect you to just 'know' everything. After a period of depression I joined a new school in the middle of the school year and we had to sit an exam on things they'd learnt for years but I'd only just started to learn. Surprise surprise, I got a D in the exam (which felt like hell at the time) and one of my teachesr started to humiliate me in front of everyone, asking me whether I was born in China or England, and saying 'that's why' when I answered England. As in 'that's why she's so stupid'. I know in a few years time I won't really give a fuck about things like this, but it pisses me off.

School has literally made my life hell - it gave me an eating disorder, put me in a year-long depression and made me self-harm. It might sound dramatic, and it is, but it's the truth.
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Welcome to SS. Smile

Do not worry—here we all have our fair share of dramatic and horror stories. I have pets and they help me cope, but my life has been in limbo for years because of school... and I dropped out over 3 years ago. Shrug

Seven crappy hours of our lives.
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(01-03-2016 04:11 AM)SirMarty Wrote:  Welcome to SS. Smile

Do not worry—here we all have our fair share of dramatic and horror stories. I have pets and they help me cope, but my life has been in limbo for years because of school... and I dropped out over 3 years ago. Shrug
Thanks for understanding Biggrin If you dropped out 3 years ago how old are you now?
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(01-03-2016 07:40 AM)MadPanda Wrote:  
(01-03-2016 04:11 AM)SirMarty Wrote:  Welcome to SS. Smile

Do not worry—here we all have our fair share of dramatic and horror stories. I have pets and they help me cope, but my life has been in limbo for years because of school... and I dropped out over 3 years ago. Shrug
Thanks for understanding Biggrin If you dropped out 3 years ago how old are you now?
19. School has wasted around 5 years of my childhood. Cries

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01-03-2016 08:47 AM
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Welcome to SS Smile

Quote:one of my teachesr started to humiliate me in front of everyone, asking me whether I was born in China or England, and saying 'that's why' when I answered England. As in 'that's why she's so stupid'. I know in a few years time I won't really give a fuck about things like this, but it pisses me off.
Bullies like this should not be allowed to be teachers, and should be instantly fired on the spot for saying shit like this. I despise people like this...

Grades never have, never will, and absolutely cannot measure intelligence. You are not stupid, and don't believe anyone who says you are. Hug

PS: I've been to London... it's a cool place. Smile

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Welcome. School can be a colossal waste of time (see: math beyond Pre-Algebra)

schoolsux's countdown until school ends:

177 days until i get out of freshman year (aka hell)
1280 days until I get out of prison (aka school)

(as of november 28, 2016)

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