I first learned of what happened to Alex Merrill from Lee Wind’s excellent post.  You can read more about the harassment Alex endured from two teachers in his school, and its outcome, here.

I wonder what the students of these teachers – all the students – will take away from this situation? I wonder how it will shape their attitudes toward life, toward the others they meet and work with, interact with, live beside?  I wonder how many drops of poison it takes to alter a young person’s mind so thoroughly that it may take years to wear the stain away?

I think with gratitude and relief of all the open-hearted teachers I know.  These two nauseate me.