Morgan awoke excited to begin his senior year, but nervous about walking the halls and sitting in classrooms with people he didn't like. The summer break had provided an escape from whispers, stares, and name-calling. Several schoolmates teased Morgan because of his artistic interests and loner mentality. He didn't play sports anymore, so he was a "loser." He didn't have a girlfriend, so he was "weird." He liked art, so he was a "faggot." And "white trash" was a term he heard often.
Other negative comments regarded Frederick, their financial situation, and their broken-down house. Although the rude remarks no longer hurt his feelings, the summer break had shielded Morgan from the verbal assault he encountered at school.
Only ten months left in Colby. Morgan embraced the idea that each passing day propelled him closer to graduation. He grabbed his backpack and walked out without eating breakfast.
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