News — Toxic


Tags DarleneLancer, InternalizedShame, SavingFace, Shame, Toxic


— Sprawled on the hallway floor, skirt flying, hitting and kicking, I wrestled with Tina before a crowd of junior high school schoolmates, including a dozen boys from my class. Tina was a gang member who had recently transferred from another school. She and her cohorts had taunted and insulted me all week. She started in again, shoving me at our adjacent lockers. I’d finally had enough, I pushed her back, and we ended up fighting on the floor. Before actually harming one another, the girls V.P. escorted us to her office. Tina was expelled. I felt relieved that only...