02/15/2018 - 13:28

“Hello who is this,” I say into my phone ; an unknown caller had appeared on my screen. “Turn around” someones yells into my phone. I began to run “not again” I whisper under my breath. My feet pound against the pavement, and my breath begins to labor. I dart around the street corner and down the asphalt sidewalk. Narrowly avoiding people as I run full speed as far as I can before… It has begun, my head pounds, my hands sweat my body shakes but I do not fall down, I remain petrified still sweat runs down my face my body, full of fear quivers. I am imobile. People walk around my as if water around a rock, a few people stop, give me strange looks and ask if I am alright but I do not answer. My tongue is twisted and tied. My ability to speak taken by fear.  I can not answer because… He heard me no sense in descreshion now I begin to run once more screaming in fear and shame at what I have brought to this place. Why did I move to the city? Why did I condemn myself? My hair is plastered to my face my shame runs down my legs I am so afraid and then the pain begins I fall to the ground scraping my hands in a effort to save myself. The blood runs down my hands as I am ripped apart. My head pounds my eyes water as I strain myself, trying to look up and see. He stands over me menacing dark and deadly. “Hello there” he says “ you knew you could never get away” and I did know, I had always know, sense the first time I had seen him many times, but he had never caught me before.  Any scared animal always tries to escape. In that moment I think only to protect myself, I leap at him savagely in a attempt to defend myself but he only laughs. My hands are cold. The kind of cold filled with despair that eats the light and leaves you with only sadness and agony. He pushes me down and this time I stay down. Little bits of rocks grind away my fingernails and into the flesh of my hands and I scrape the ground clawing for traction. My head hits the sidewalk I see stars and my vision goes blurry the buzzing in my head has turned to a roar as if a waterfall was crashing down upon me. And I go blind. Everything is dark but the roaring, breaking, crashing treacherous noise continues. I can't feel the cement any longer,  my hands still bleed and I hold on to their warmth in the neverending cold. Huddled up and small, “this must be the end,” I say. After so many times i never thought he would catch me, that I would be here.I die. The light the laughter the memories all drain from me, running from me as people from a plage. All my life flows into the roaring river, the one I heard in my head before; the one that sounds like desperation. I am reunited with the demon that brought me to this frozen hell. He stands before me now more solid than he ever was in the light of day, he thrives in this darkness. “My dear” he says “you were never going to win.” My head lowers in my defeat my final submission before the cold leaves and the real hells begins. I feel as if now many years into the torment I have forgotten what I feels to not be in pain, in darkness. Now that my pain is no longer my prison. The real pain has begun not the pain of my body but of the overwhelming and consuming nothingness of existence. I am at school.

02/15/2018 - 13:28

hellr. name mine aaron is. blu is mine favorite colore.     it is the same color as toofpaste and bluberrees. momy says i is very smart and i is very great at spelling. i's got a 100 on my speling test. i was the only won that speels all word write. me dog, alowishus, likes to eats grape and peenut booter.          i is going to get to be a super hero ones daye. i will saves akl teh dogs and kittees in zee world. i kinda hungrey. me wants some foods.    i is going to go gets some foods niow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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02/15/2018 - 13:27

i doesnt knew wut 2 right. so i riht this

02/15/2018 - 13:27

Helooo peOpel, Mi naem Mario and me liek hors and coows me liek to fead coows wit me hand fead coows carotes and letice    me and me momy and dady weant to farmars mearket teh othar day and me sah lots of tihngs big and smal me get new bots oter day thay fiet small and smel stinnky form me stienky feat 

02/15/2018 - 13:26

If all social media was shut down I think it would be a good thing people having to talk to each other instead of texting each other it would be normal. there could be people around that actually talking and being human for once. Imagine if for just one day if social media was not a thing the world wouldn't have so much cyberbullying I mean most of the people that get bullied on the internet it comes from social media just like catfishing there is more of that happening on social media. If it was shut down maybe there would be fewer suicides from people bullying a kid online have you ever wondered why there are so many suicides. I mean yes bullying still happens during school or something but cyberbullying can be way worse than regular bullying. If social media would just go away maybe teens would realize that bullying happens more then they think and more suicides happen. Maybe it would make the bullies or the people who told those kids to "go kill themselves" that it's not ok. If social media went away my life and I'm pretty sure everyone's life would be better off if it went away. Around 3 million kids are absent from school a month imagine how many of those students are absent because of social media or catfishing or cyberbullying that's a lot of kids. I honestly think that the world would be a better place if social media went away.

#pub

02/15/2018 - 13:23

you need go online to by a truck. and bulid your truck  to your price. and you need to get a truck for seats and leather seat. and you get your truck.

02/15/2018 - 13:23

 

Dear Mr. Trump,

Have you ever stopped to think about the people who aren’t as well off as you, the people who aren’t as wealthy, as famous, as you? The people who have to carefully plan out their month’s income to buy food and necessities. The people who crammed into tiny one bedroom apartments with five other people.  Do you realize that they are people too? One does not have to have money to be a person worth thinking about or talking to. You put yourself so high up on a pedestal and expect others to do things for you. You are so high up, that you can’t even see the people who are attending to you. In your mind, these people aren’t even people. Please, just stop and think about others who may not be as fortunate as you are when you make decisions about our country. Let the little voice in your head tell you to right decision. Think about all the lives you can change, for better or worse, Please, just take a second.

 

#pub

02/15/2018 - 13:21

Dear Donald Trump,

My name is Cody and I have to say a few things. First, why didn't we take North Korea's nukes yet? Second, I think that your wall will take too long to make, so just make a fence that is electric. Next, you need to make a better health care service. You should also do a few school visits to see what it's like at different schools across the US. 

Stop it with Twitter and you may need some help with the phone addiction. You need to make it so people see what happens when you don't punish your kids and just give them what they want. There should be no Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, etc. so that there is no constant staring at phones.

Also, give schools more of a budget to work with so we don't have to use old computers that are slow and outdated. We need to start making our own stuff and stop getting everything from China. Another thing, have more farms so we can have FRESH food!

Sincerely,

Cody

 

02/15/2018 - 13:20

It was the fall of 1982 I had gone on a camping trip we got to the camp site we were there for about two day. After we we got out of the car my mom said go run off go explore the area and have fun. My phone was in my pocket and I started running and I had gone about half a mile. When I realized my phone had fell out of my pocket so I traced my steps and on the way I heard something *crack* the sound of a cracking stick I turned around nothing was there. at that point I had already found my phone and about 2 mins later my phone rang *ring ring* the person on the phone said TURN AROUND. So I did and there it was a 20 foot tall man with a knife in his hand and thats when I started runing back for camp I was running as fast as I could. I got back to camp it was there infront of me my mom my dad and brother.

02/15/2018 - 13:19

It was an arid August evening in a small town in upstate Vermont. My Mother and Father had a business meeting at 6:00 pm and I was alone with my younger sister Allie. I heard a knock at the door and in the doorway was a man, about 6'3, with a scruffy beard and long blonde hair. He was dressed in an all black suit with a white collared shirt underneath. They left a few minutes later and It was dark by then. Outside a calm breeze blew across Lake Champlain and I felt goosebumps on my neck all the way down my spine. I called Allie who was reading a book, downstairs. I asked her if she felt bit scared, she replied with a slight nod of the head. We soon were on the couch looking out the window. I heard the phone ring upstairs. I swiftly tip-toed up the stairs. I picked up the phone. "Turn Around", a voice whispered. I felt a chill run down my spine, like when you get snow down your jacket. I slowly turned to see a man in a black cloak in the doorway with a sack. I froze. So many thoughts scrambled around in my brain. He came towards me. I ran and slid under his legs. I soon picked up Allie and scurried out the door. "Come to the well" yelled a familiar voice.

02/15/2018 - 13:18

One cloudy night some kids were playing Basketball on the streets until one kid shot the basketball the  hoop broke  down  the basketball hoop made a loud bang. that was in 1585 until  1985 another kid Ward  the kids not to play basketball but those mean kid didn't believe him so they started to play until when blood Started to drip Down from the hoop blood went out of the basketball nobody loved it they all hated it all the kids ran as fast as  they could none of them were ever  to be seen again but after those kids ran away about 15 minutes Later some other kids came over  it was girls they wanted to prove to the boys they were better but when they got there the boys weren't there yet the girls started screaming as loud as  they could but when they stopped they were out of breath and then something hit them on the head  it was ponty and round and all bloody They got knocked out then some other girls were spying on them they  Soul them  get knocked out but they didn't care they still watchet them and they soul zombies dragging them away they started to get very scared but they were the Mean Girls nobody ever likes them  then they all got Terrified  the other girls that were spying names were Emily Olivia Joseline and Lila   they all ran away screaming they were terrified they never went back  to that basketball court  when five boys dared  the girls to go back onto the basketball court Emily  Joe's line Lila and Olivia Didn't want to look all  silly in front of the other boys so they did it but they regretted it because when they did it they got knocked out same way the other girls got knocked out then only  8 bodies laid  there  but then 3 months later they still lay there but then the hospital came and they could save them but They found out who it was it was a weird boys they tried to scare the girls but then the girls scared them and they  got back on them They through  rocks at them and  a big bucket of mud on them and they did not like that but the girls didn't care And the boys Never Scared them ever again Until...

 

02/15/2018 - 13:18

It was an arid August evening in a small town in upstate Vermont. My Mother and Father had a business meeting at 6:00 pm and I was alone with my younger sister Allie. I heard a knock at the door and in the doorway was a man, about 6'3, with a scruffy beard and long blonde hair. He was dressed in an all black suit with a white collared shirt underneath. They left a few minutes later and It was dark by then. Outside a calm breeze blew across Lake Champlain and I felt goosebumps on my neck all the way down my spine. I called Allie who was reading a book, downstairs. I asked her if she felt bit scared, she replied with a slight nod of the head. We soon were on the couch looking out the window. I heard the phone ring upstairs. I swiftly tip-toed up the stairs. I picked up the phone. "Turn Around", a voice whispered. I felt a chill run down my spine, like when you get snow down your jacket. I slowly turned to see a man in a black cloak in the doorway with a sack. I froze. So many thoughts scrambled around in my brain. He came towards me. I ran and slid under his legs. I soon picked up Allie and scurried out the door. "Come to the well" yelled a familiar voice.

02/15/2018 - 13:18

It was a dismal day, to begin with. I should have known that it would get worse.  At around eight a.m. I got a text from my best friend Joe.  He told me to meet him at the park in the center of our neighborhood in ten minutes.  I replied telling him that I'd be there.  But just before I was going to leave I glimpsed a shadowy figure staring into my bedroom window.  I didn't give it much thought though, considering I lived in a shady neighborhood in upstate New York I was lucky to be alive.  As I grabbed my heavy, navy blue jacket off of our coat rack I heard my phone ring.  Once again I didn't pay much attention to it though, I figured it was just Joe calling to scold me for being late.  As I pulled my phone from my pocket I heard a small creek that I instantly recognized as the kitchen floorboards.  I slid my finger across the home screen to answer the call, as I put the phone up to my ear I heard a deep voice whisper into my other ear, "Turn around!"  I listened and spun around as quickly as possible.  The last thing I saw was a gun pointed at my head.   Jeff's accounts from heaven.

02/15/2018 - 13:17

Hi i am a 11 year old boy and im a woodwarking. Im priteshore that im the only 6th grader that has this hoby.The things that i make are prite cool.

02/15/2018 - 13:16

 

The familiar creaking of the floorboards is so normal its almost comfoting. As I walk down the hallway I take a look in the large mirror my mom has hanging on the blank pristine wall. She would say its for decoration. But whatever its there for I like it there. I always see my apperance when I walk by. The comfort of my apperance calms me. Knowing I´m pretty make me feel good. Mom calls me vain. 

I think not. 

I happen to be home alone on this particular day, I´ve opened all the windows so the sun can bleed through onto the floor. My phone beeps. Its just the usual social media notification or text. I choose to ignore. Often times, its a notification for a follow, or a like on a post. Nothing I wouldn´t be used to. I get those daily. I set my phone on the pale marble counter as I advenure to the fridge for a snack. My phone buzzes. Ignore. My phone buzzes again. Over and over, someones calling me? Who even calls these days? What the heck? Just let it ring. 

 

It rings again, this time I answer. ¨what do you want?¨ I snap at the unknown caller. 

¨Casey I see you turn arou...¨ I cut them off.

¨do I look good?¨

02/15/2018 - 13:16

It was 12:00. I heard my phone ringing. I picked it up and answered. Then I heard a voice behind me. “ Turn around.” The voice whispered. “ Turn around.” The voice whispered again. I wiped around to see two large amber eyes staring at me from the shadows. Then the largest thing I had ever seen stepped out from the dark evil mouth of the shadows. It had whiskers, two pointy ears, four long legs for running and each paw had four long pointed claws, purrfect for ripping meat. Then I saw the tip of a tail poking out of the shadows. Then I realized that the phone was still ringing. I pressed the red button. Then I stared into the creatures mouth. Sixty two blood stained teeth stuck up from it’s gums. “ Wha wha what are you?” I stammered. “ The largest cat in the world.” It said proudly. Then I found my courage. “ What do you want?” I snapped. “ Why are you here? Why can you speak human?” “ Enough with the questions!” The giant cat snapped back. The cat reached out a ginormous paw and scooped me up. “ Hey!” I shouted. “ Put Me down!” “ Please don’t scream. My ears are sensitive.” The cat said calmly. “ Now let’s answer your questions.” The cat said. “ Now, I can speak human because I am magical. And I know that you have always wanted to be a cat, so I am going to turn you into one. And I don’t want anything.” The cat finished. “ One more question. What’s your name?” I asked. “ Shadow.” Shadow replied. Then Shadow entered a cave with bottles of different colors of blood. There was green, blue, red, purple, yellow and many more. “ Are you going to take my blood?” I asked. “ No.” Shadow replied. “ I just need you to drink the green blood.” “ Ok.” I said. I picked up the green bottle. I took a sip. It tasted awful. “ The whole bottle?” I asked. “ The whole bottle.” Shadow replied. I finished it in two gulps. I closed my eyes. Then I opened my eyes. Then I was a cat like I always wanted to be.

 

02/15/2018 - 13:16

hello person who is reading this My name is nick i like xbox my two bestfiends are josh and Qinn my favorite video game is rainbow six siege i have three cats  i like the OKC thunder 

02/15/2018 - 13:16

Imagine, no more snapchat, no more instagram, no more youtube! A good majority of the world would be sobbing because they have lost there snapchat streaks but I feel that a small percentage of the world would be pretty happy! This means there are more face to face interactions and less conversation with what you think is a boy or girl your age but is really a creepy 70 year old man trying to kidnap you (not like that would not happen anyways!) There would also be a little less inappropraite behavior and a little less gossip about other students. And even though some people are going to miss expressing there thoughts and opinions on pintrest or picollage it helps to avoid people harshly judging eachother and being rude to others just for liking certain things. No social media also means that you will be spending less time coupped up in your room watching videos and more time playing games and talking and hanging out with family members. No social media could also mean people would spend less time snapchatting, scrolling through posts on instagram, and watching videos untill midnight and ending up being sleep deprived and more energized for the day ahead! It would be way more healthy for both kids, teens, and adults!

02/15/2018 - 13:15

Yes i am  i am in middle school and yes i am gooing to say        yes a lot becuse this is the wriet awful  on and yes  ia m a ,m so boraad but we can right how we will like to because techers all way say this and that     abot are righting but  what if i do not whan to do that and mke it look beutfull it is my life i will .ive it the way i whan and if i get a  f than i shoud  not be GROUND that is not far  it mean tey hard  but not to a lot of pepole they say A F YOU GOT A F YOU ARE GOING TO DI. RIP>. no it mean i have a F and i have to live with it or  when you woud like tto be  home school here is my  parnts say .NO WE HAVE TO WORK AND IT IS GOOD FOR YOU TO GET OUT OF THE HOUSE here is what i say BUT I HAVE BEEN IN A RELLY SCHOOL FOR WHAT 123 HOLD ON  456 HAG ON MOM! 7 8 THERE 8 LONG AND BORINGAS DAYS OF MY LIFE   or MOM DO I HAVE TO GO TO SCHOOL . here is what  she said NO YOU HAVE TO GO TO SCHOOL> AND HEAR IS WHAT I SAY . YOU FDO NOT LOVE ME IF YOU LOVED ME I WOUD NOT HAVE TO GET OUT OF MY PJS MOM . so i am all most do but that is may weird  thing that have happend to me p.s i am in school  do you see how won that batel ( lets say it was not me )  got to go  my mom is all most home and i have not start my homewouk i have to run  for my LIFE  

02/15/2018 - 13:15

lili iss ah baketbaall payer annd lovies to play the posichon 2 it is vry satisfiing. lili geyts too playy wiithh herrrrrrrr fireinss anyd sh ikes ti becususe sheze rlly ikes ta run nd shoootying da ball is very funn becuse fi uoy make ti he crowied chars 4yu nd ti fells geate me like o tak so this sport is funn. u get ta pass da ball ta whoeva i wnt   i luv my frinds becuase day r nice ta mee when i need dem and tankyou 4 beeing dere 4 me...

 

dis lettrr is witten by lili 

tanks 4 reeding

by

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cin u lev me lone noww 

tanks,

lili

02/15/2018 - 13:15

    I play football and also i like to play fortnite on my PS4. I like to play basketball at my cousins house and play dodgeball,I also like soccer,wrestling and I like to play ROBLOX with my cousin. And I play fortnite with my friends sometimes also I love to play wwe 2k18 on my PS4 too. And I like to draw and type. I like fruit,veggies,and also i like to eat corn on the cob.

   

       I love to play  call of duty,and i like to watch youtube too. I like to play Madden NFL 18,and I like to play baseball,and I like to play on my PS4. And I also love school,Math,Science,Social Studies,and I like to play on my Iphone 7,and my ipad,and also I like to play reacing games.

 

       

 

 

02/15/2018 - 13:15

Olleh ym etirovaf trops si erccos.I yalp sa a rednefed tub ym etirovaf noisisop si yllaer retnec eiddim.

02/15/2018 - 13:14

I have been playing basketball since I was super little. I love basketball and I want to be a very good basketball player! My dad helps me so much and encourages me in basketball. This year we had try outs for the school team and I did very good at those try outs. I got put on the A team and so did my friend. Speaking about basketball I have a basketball game today and I'm super excited! When I grow up I want to try and be in the WNBA. I have been doing a lot of basketball camps and teams this year. I love to shoot threes and I am very good at swishing them! I am usaully a point gaurd but sometimes I am a shooting gaurd so I can hit threes. Sometimes I get nervous to drive to the hoop and make a lay-up but I go for it and drive to the hoop and make the basket! I play for 2 teams right now and I have a game this weekend which is my last game for that team and today is my last home game for the school team and then for the school team we have a big tournement coming up. Then soon I'm starting another team. I'm excited for that team because we get to travel and my friends are on the team! As you can see I love basketball and I hope in my future I still play baksetball!

02/15/2018 - 13:14

i like to play football with my family and my dream when i grow up is try to make it to the super bowl and meet my favorite players from each team what my favorite nfl team is i like the miami dolphins and if i get choosen by the miami dolphins i would be so happy because i will be meeting my favorite favorite players and be on my favorite favorite team i want to be just like the miami dolphins players and not just give up and complain that we lose a game it is not a big deal who wins or who loses and i want to do what they do at practice or like workout i want to be tough just like them and when my team needs me i wil do what they say and when one of my teamates get into a fight with another player i will go out on the feild and join the fight and if i have to get elected from the game that is okay with me like i said if my team needs me i will do it if i have to start a fight with one another player i will do that

02/15/2018 - 13:14

If all social media was to get shut down it would be bad for me because i like using social media such as snapchat,instagram and facebook and it would be a bad thing if it was to get shut down.Social media is a big thing for me because when im board i text or snapchat my friends to see if they would want to hang out or have like a sleepover.Social media is one of the biggest thing that me and all my friends like.When me and my freinds are board we always snapchat or text each other if they have those social media.If my friends dont have snapchat or texting then we talk to are parents to see if we can get those social medias or have are parents text each other then thats how my friends and i see if we are aloud to hang out.When kids lose social media they will not be happy.

02/15/2018 - 13:14

I am turning,

spining.

I am trapped.

Tears tumble 

from red eyes.

 

What do you mean,

we can't go back?

 

Trying to contain myself

as I explode inside,

people telling me 

to keep quiet,

people have heard enough.

 

In an airport,

finally safe and then

she turns around 

and says that 

greencards are yesterdays problem.

 

I look at her, 

unable to say anything.

 

I have struggled and 

fought and cried 

for you to tell me 

that i am yesterdays 

problem?

 

I pound on the glass,

hoping to be heard,

but in that moment 

i was invisible,

one more face 

in a tragedy.

 

#pub

02/15/2018 - 13:14

How did it end up this way?  What is the plan for the future? Why did the plan change?  Who gets to decide?

We want security in our lives, who gets to decide when it goes away?  Kids never get to decide, it's decided for them.  Asserting external force upon people without a voice is the essence of being a kid, so how am I in this spot as an adult?  

Realizing that adulthood doesn't protect you from others asserting themselves and their choices onto you.  What time of mindset is needed to recover from unexpected change?  How can difficult change impact individual growth?  When what you "knew" becomes the unknown...had you been wanting the change?  Yes!  Were you planning to affect change?  No!  Were you going to maintain the status quo?  Yes!  But... not everyone knew the plan...

Change is thrust upon me...make the most of it.  Grow like you told your children to do, feel the pain, harness sadness into growth, stop blaming, stop being angry, move on.

That's just what I did.  After months of sadness, the light came back flickering off and on and sometimes only dimly.  It gets brighter and shines more frequently, but doesn't always come on when I want it to. Sometimes, being sad feels good because it's better than the past situation.  A little bit of sadness makes up for a lifetime of unhappiness with what should have been.  

How does the absence of another enhance a lifetime?  In enumrable ways.  Change is painful and slow, but worth it to come through the other side... Self determination is one of the great luxuries afforded to some of us, but not all.  I am now the lucky recipent of choice.  Not all of the choices have been solid, well thought out, or even rational.  Some may have long-lasting impact, some may come back to haunt me (fearfully so), and others may have unexpected consequences that bring me joy...

I am no longer sure where this unknown future leads or what is in store.  What I do know is that I have choice again in my future free of the chains and limits imposed by another.  The feeling of fear because of choice brings anxiety and worry thoughts, but strength to move forward and make changes.

02/15/2018 - 13:13

I look down at my phone. I read, “Turn around.” I heard the footsteps right behind my back. My feet feel glued to the ground. I can’t seem to move and the cold sweat is running down my back. I turn around and I see…

A curly redheaded boy with thick glass staring at me with his pimple covered face. “Hi Garth.” I say in an exasperated voice. He cackles and jauntily walks away. A couple minutes later I hear a blood curdling scream. A fellow classmate was lying limply on the ground. I run to help but the last thing I see is a flash of curly red hair before the piercing pain of a knife through my gut.

I feel the warm blood seeping through my fingers. I see blue and red flashing lights, and a burly man dragging Garth by his ear. A medic comes over with a stretcher and starts to transfer me off the ground. All of a sudden I see a bright light. I reach for it and then everything goes dark...

 

02/15/2018 - 13:13

I have been playing basketball for about 5 or 6 years. When I play basketball I feel like I can let free and just play the game. In my family basketball is like a main focus, my dad,mom,sister,and I have played basketball and next is to come my brother. In the games I play I am a 3 which is a gaurd and I play the point gaurd to, and when I set a screen for the point gaurd I feel like I just helped the game. When I play point gaurd I feel like I am in controll of the game. I hope if you play basketball you can feel the same way.

02/15/2018 - 13:12

When she came to my school i felt like i was invisible to my friends and escpecially in his point of view.... i get it its a new girl coming to our school but the thing i dont get is why you forget about your betfriend thats been there since day 1 for you and no matter what came back to you... and was there when you needed it... but all you did in the end was leave me with a broken heart..... I never knew you would do this to me but if you think about it i kinda saw it coming.... It hurts to see you even without her... it hurts to think about you without me... and what we could've been if we were still together... somtimes i think about you and miss you but that will never end... I think you relize how i feel just you dont understand what i need and how to help me... I wish you knew this was me but you wont...I guess thats all goodbye..... bye

02/15/2018 - 13:10

I am the one who didn't fit in.  I wasn't always that one, however.  During my elementary school years, I had a good group of friends, both boys and girls, with whom I hung out, played games, occasionally squabbled, and generally did what elementary school friends do.

The big change started when I was eight years old.  I didn't realize at the time just how big and how far-reaching the change would be.  I only knew that one day in that October, just after dinner, my father suddenly turned an awful color and couldn't breathe.  My mother whisked me into the kitchen while she called the fire department, and I stood, frozen, hearing his terrifying gasps for air.  The firemen took him to the hospital while I stayed at home with ... I can't remember whom.  When my mom returned late that night, I knew that my dad would never come home again.  

It took just one day to change my life.  In one day, I went from having two parents to having one, from having a "normal" family life to living in a single-parent household.  I eventually returned to school, and my teachers and friends were wonderful.  My mom and my grandparents were always there for me.  And so it went for a few years.

Eventually, Mom decided to join a group called Parents Without Partners. She even began going out on dates, and brought some of her dates home for me to meet.  Some of the men were really nice, and I warmed to them immediately.  Some were not, and I did my best to sabotage the relationship.  Perhaps it was just as well that I did.  One man turned out to have been lying to Mom about being divorced... he was still married!  Funny, that's the one man I went all-out to sabotage.  How did a ten year old girl know?  Intuition?

And then... Bill came along.  He was an ex-Marine, handsome, 

02/15/2018 - 13:09

"You'll See the Dark"

 

A trembling figure in the dark,

Falling, drowning, can't see the light; 

Final death extinguishes life's spark

Eternal blindness, lack of sight.

 

I'm plummeting, swiftly moving on,

To hell I go no matter how;

I know that when I am gone,

You'll see the dark that's in me now.

 

By Benton Cesanek

Crossroads Academy 

8th grade 

#pub

02/15/2018 - 13:09

Dear Mr. President,

You turned my world around

and upside down,

but I do not hate you.

 

You pulled me away from

all I loved,

but I do not hate you.

 

You tried to make me register

because of my religion

but I do not hate you.

 

You insult me to my face

every day,

but I do not hate you.

 

You try to tell me that 

I do not belong in this country

of "true Americans"

but I do not hate you.

 

You tell me that I do not 

deserve to be here,

because I could hurt 

and kill,

and still I do not hate you.

 

because I know what love is.

love is my friends,

my family,

my country,

my world.

 

I have learned to love.

And I am asking you,

Please. Learn to love.

 

Because the planet

will not heal itself.

 

Equality will not

appear out of thin air.

 

Because the Dreamers

deserve a home here.

 

Because I have rights

that apparently are not

unailianable.

 

So I am asking you,

Please. Learn to love.

 

#pub

 

02/15/2018 - 13:08

I am crazy, I am calm.
I am weird, I am fun.
I am a friend, I am a sister, and a daughter.
I love, I hate.
I get upset, happy, and a little mad too. 
I try to make everyone happy.
I am awkward, I have grace.
I am self conscious, I am proud.
I care what people think.
I make mistakes, I fall down.
But, I get back up, and I continue the ride.

I am the one who can.

 

 

02/15/2018 - 13:06

“I Am”

I am the only one who survived. It was January 14, 2232. It was like any other day at the train station. The sun blazed as people went on their daily commute. Then it happened, as soon as train 03755 left, it happened. The blast. At first people were confused, they didn’t know what was going on. Some screamed as the roof collapsed, some cried, others tried to make it to the exit, but it was no use. It had all collapsed in mere seconds. When the rescue party came, there was nothing left but ashes and dust. No one was left. But you may be asking, how did you survive, how did you make it out. But that’s easy to answer, very easy. The only reason I made it out was, because, I was an onlooker. I am the one who did it. 

By Kiana Allan

Crossroads Academy

8th grade 

02/15/2018 - 13:00

     Dear Donald Trump,

      I would like you to make it so when a family wants to adopt a baby they don't have to pay money. Its kind of like selling kids, (which is illegal). I would like to adopt kids when I get older and I think that I shouldnt have to pay money becuase I don't approve of what is happening. Making someone pay $50,000 dollars is crazy. You're putting a price on someone that has no say over if they go to that family or not becuase they are just kids. It is human trafficking and it's not right. I think making somoene pay that much money for someone is like rediculous because you can't put a price on life. 

                                                                Sincerely,

                                                                   Alexis Secoy

                                                                     (TTC Bennington VT)

 

02/15/2018 - 13:00

I am the one who wanders

in the galaxies 

that do their best 

to guide her.

 

I am the girl who 

reached out 

at the exact moment

when her country 

turned its back on her.

 

I am the girl 

who sings day and night,

because she knows 

that she might not 

ever get to sing 

as an adult.

 

I am the girl

who reads and draws,

the ink and graphite 

stains her hands like 

lifeblood for her veins.

 

I am the girl 

who knows and laughs,

who tries her best to please,

who wants so badly 

to be considered.

 

I am the girl

who wanders,

but is not lost.

 

#pub

02/15/2018 - 12:51

     It had been quite some time since Judeikis had been out & about--besides his classes, of course, and as soon as he exited his studio apartment, he felt his flesh bore with goosebumps due to the chill of the early-morning weather. Mildly displeased, but not irritated, he continued down the street, happily letting the rays of the sun illuminate his cheeks, warming him. He intended to grab a fresh cup of hot chocolate at the cafe, soon after going to visit a bookstore a friend of his had recommended, having had informed him that he'd seen quite the nice collection of books on the history of art, tutorials, etc. He then paused, recalling the conversation he had prior--his friend had mentioned a very drastic thing to him about the owner--something along the lines of...he was already at the cafe. Pulling the handle of the door, the man entered, shyly greeting the cashier as he settled himself in the seat near the window. A waitress, attired in a black outfit accompanied by an apron of the same color, strode forward, requesting what he would like. He then began to tell her that he'd like a hot chocolate with marshmallows--/precisely/, only two.  She nodded, scurrying off to create the beverage.

     Time passed, and he found himself scanning the streets, wondering if the bookstore was close. In fact, it was. It was right across from where he was; its open flag billowing in the early spring wind. He nearly grinned. Perfect. His hot chocolate arrived, and absentmindedly, he took a hearty gulp, almost spewing out what he had drunk, his tongue going numb. Well. He hoped the bookstore would go / slightly/ better than his little moment in the cafe.

     Jude finished quickly, making sure to leave a tip and headed out of there as soon as he could, yearning to escape from that treacherous moment, but at the same time craving a good sit-down with a book. He then stepped in the store. The vibe he received was pleasurable. He felt at /home/. It was a nice soothing place. There were no sounds to be heard besides the almost-silent clicking of a clock.

     "Hello...?" He greeted softly, looking around, finally laying eyes upon a girl behind the register, her back turned as her finger was placed upon a page of the book she seemed to be reading. Must be a good book, he thought. Her hair, a soft ginger color, was clumped together in a completely inaccurate bun; strands of hair stringing out from the loose tie. He grimaced, he couldn't say he was entirely pleased himself with the outcome of the other party's hair, but that wasn't his judgement to make. She was petite, her shoulders slumped. She seemed to be genuinely concentrated, so she barely even gave him a blink until he cleared his throat--clucking awkwardly under his breath. Her head raised, and that was when he realized--there were protruding lines on the page, and her eyes were consumed with dim, colorless irises. She happened to be blind, possibly to intent as well, but he could not help but be captivated by the being before him, the counter the only barrier that kept them from each other--she was absolutely beautiful.

Olivia Keith

Otter Valley Union 

02/15/2018 - 12:50

I am the one who is trying my best everyday, I've been lied to, hated by my loved ones, forgotten...but I always try. Im never really noticed because my anxiety gets the best of me. Im quiet, usually confused, and always have to fight my own head. I have to plan my every move before I enter a building, if anythng doesnt go as planned I panic. If anyone talks to me I freeze, but I fight myself. Nobody thinks I try, but I try every single day; from the moment I wake up to the second I fall asleep. I try, I try, I try. But im only persived as lazy, not caring, or just being rude. But on the inside im screaming at myself. I want to talk. I dont want to only feel safe in the back of the classroom. I dont even feel at peace in my own home. Nobody understands, but I want you to know im trying my best, and i always have been constantly trying. But sometimes its hard to wake up early when your up till 4am having panic attacks, or overthinking the next day, and sometimes its hard to be a part of the group when you feel like your drownding. But I try my best. I try to please anyone I can to just be accepted. I am the one who is trying my best. 

02/15/2018 - 12:40

Dear President Trump,

You should make a different curriculum for schools that works on what students need and not what a group of people or a class needs, there needs to be more one on one teaching to work on students weaknesses. As it is right now someone who grows incredibly fast will be stuck staying behind with the rest of their class which will cause students to dislike school more and not want to do anything in that class because they can't learn. Do this for students sake and as you would say, Make America Great Again.

-Saverio, 
Mrs.Roberge's 7th grade ELA class

02/15/2018 - 12:40

Imagine if all social media, such as Facebook or Instagram, shut down for good. Would people be happy or upset for this change? Well, the answer is both. 

Some people would be upset about this change because they basically live their life around these social media apps and without them I'm not so sure they'd really know what to do with themselves. Everywhere I go I always see multiple people on their phones, switching between apps, checking their instagram or snapchatting people every little thing that goes on around them, and to me it's just ridiculous.

Some people may also be happy about this change because they have more time for other things and they don't have those social media apps distracting them at work, school or even at home while they're supposed to be spending time with their families. It's easy to just get bored and pick up your phone, but without those social media apps if someone were to get bored they could just take out a game to play with the family or put in a movie.

I personally don't think it would be a good or bad thing. I use facebook to connect with others and see what people are up to like many others do, but I try not to stay on them longer than I need to because, to me, it's just a distraction from everything else going on in my life. To be honest, if social media sites were shut down, I would be okay with that. There is plenty of other ways for me to get ahold of people when I need to.

02/15/2018 - 12:38

Imagine if all social media, such as Facebook or Instagram, shut down for good. Would people be happy or upset for this change? Well, the answer is both. 

Some people would be upset about this change because they basically live their life around these social media apps and without them I'm not so sure they'd really know what to do with themselves. Everywhere I go I always see multiple people on their phones, switching between apps, checking their instagram or snapchatting people every little thing that goes on around them, and to me it's just ridiculous.

Some people may also be happy about this change because they have more time for other things and they don't have those social media apps distracting them at work, school or even at home while they're supposed to be spending time with their families. It's easy to just get bored and pick up your phone, but without those social media apps if someone were to get bored they could just take out a game to play with the family or put in a movie.

I personally don't think it would be a good or bad thing. I use facebook to connect with others and see what people are up to like many others do, but I try not to stay on them longer than I need to because, to me, it's just a distraction from everything else going on in my life. To be honest, if social media sites were shut down, I would be okay with that. There is plenty of other ways for me to get ahold of people when I need to.

02/15/2018 - 12:27

dear mister prezident, you a rich man who likes the best of everthing. I bet you wish american peeple do to even i never herd you sait. and you say whats in yor mind not like most lyer pols. but pls mister prez dont tweet!!! it is indignafied and makes it like you dont think things over enuf. like you dont lissen to your staph. and they say you dont reed things. prezidents have to reed alot. go read instead of tweeting. i used to tweet all the time and follow all celebraties and tlak about everthing like i knowed something. and you know what? before i tweeted i cud rite real gud. now look at me. i get my fingers stuck between the keys and rite so fast it don make no sense. i kicked the bird away & now i am cleen so maybe if i can get back to normel someday i will rite me a book. you can too. if you dont wanna read at least rite a book. you kin give the $ you make to the american peeple so they kin have the best of everthing to.

02/15/2018 - 12:26

"Jese! How can a leaf be so heavy?" asked Link. He was constantly swinging a giant Korok Leafe at the sail attached to the raft we were on, so that the jiant gusts of wind from the Korok Leafe would get the raft moving. "I dont know. You know its not technically a normal leafe." I said, as I gathered the fish that we passed as we sailed toard the small island. Also, I had to look around to make sure their were no monsters that were about to attack us, like Aqua- Bolders, Lizolfs, or Keese. "Your right." said Link. "Its a leafe made of metal, or something." The raft hit the side of the island. "Well, here we are!" said Link. There was a sign that was right at the side of where the raft hit the land. It had words writen in Sheika, but we were both pretty fluent in Sheika. YOU HAVE REACHED EVENTIDE ISLAND. "Eventide Island, eh?" I said. "I wonder whats inhabitted this island, if anything. Also, I'm excited to find out why everyone keeps telling us to not go here." We both stepped off the

02/15/2018 - 12:24

It was morning, still very dark and foggy. When I heard the phone rang, I answerd It I couldn't hear anything but what sounded like white noises and a fan, just before I was about to hang the phone up I heard a cracky breath and then a voice that followed saying "turn around" almsot as if it was a demand. Every sound stopped but the sound I couldn't block out was silence I realesed the phone from my ear, feeling steam on my neck I turned and in the window was a silhoutte in fogged up window. I dropped the phone, the figure had a phone up to it's ear, It's mouth started moving so I picked my phone back off the ground. "Hello" I ask. I wasnt suprised when a voice answerd back, "why did you drop the phone?" and thats when I relized the figure wasnt in the window anymore, he was behind me.

02/15/2018 - 12:24

One day I was on my phone, just then someone called me, and I had no idea who that person was,  all they said turn around.   I dont know why they told me to turn around but I did.   There was a cute little puppy and then the person on the phone said "do you want this puppy for a pet?" So I brought the puppy home and then I put the puppy on the ground the puppy sprouted wings and started flying around the room.   After awhile I caught the flying dog with a big net,  then I left the dog in the net, hoping I could redial the person who called me to say turn around so that I could give the dog back.   But when I checked on my phone her number had disappeared.   While trying to call her the dog turned invisible !   and then the owner of the dog came and took the dog back.   Then I woke up and saw that  it was all a dream but then I noticed that the room the puppy was in was all a mess........

02/15/2018 - 12:22

It was a normal day in east high when I got a call from an unknown number. I just ignored it. Wait what if that was lisa I thought to myself. I looked up at the clock on the wall only to see that it was time to go to ELA so I started down the hallway to my class and someone was standing at the other end of the hall with a black sweatshirt and tattered jeans. “Hey, what are you doing down there?¨ ¨Turn around¨ he yelled back just in time to see a bullet hit my chest. I stayed alive just until I heard him say ¨told you so.¨

02/15/2018 - 12:20

I was asked to write a story that starts with the phrase “I am the one who…” so here's how this is gonna go. I am the one who likes to sit in the front of the room, I'm the one that likes to be the center of attention, and I am the one who can change the world.

When I saw this prompt I thought to myself this doesn't make sense, but when you think about it for a minute or two, it's amazing. Today I decided to take the blame for my friend it wasn't serious, but it made them feel better to look into their future. They started to think about what they can do to change others future to help them to have a better. The feeling that I got when I saw his face was like being hit by a sun ray that was pure happiness.

“What are you doing?” my friend John exclaimed.

“Helping you to see a better future,” I said.

Then, the teacher took me to the principal's office. stomp, stomp, slam! Is what John heard when the teacher took me away.  

 

02/15/2018 - 12:20

It was morning, still very dark and foggy. When I heard the phone rang, I answerd It I couldn't hear anything but what sounded like white noises and a fan, just before I was about to hang the phone up I heard a cracky breath and then a voice that followed saying "turn around" almsot as if it was a demand. Every sound stopped but the sound I couldn't block out was silence I realesed the phone from my ear, feeling steam on my neck I turned and in the window was a silhoutte in fogged up window. I dropped the phone, the figure had a phone up to it's ear, It's mouth started moving so I picked my phone back off the ground. "Hello" I ask. I wasnt suprised when a voice answerd back, "why did you drop the phone?" and thats when I relized the figure wasnt in the window anymore, he was behind me.

02/15/2018 - 12:18

im preschooler. Name Joey come from minnisota. Teacher mean no nap for u she say. dis becasue i did not do no work. NO WORK. i bad kid she hate me. one time i hurt timmy so so so so bad he go to the hositpal. i tried to be nIce and lean but it did not work for me. to much work i says. teacher put me in the basement 1 time. For the whole entire day. i told parents the got teacher fired. Best day of my life that was. No more work no more nice only fun. untill he came then it was all over. No fun ever. not with him. i want to quit school.