The C Word In The Hallways Analysis

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I am intrigued by your essay “The C Word in the Hallways.” Mental illness, especially in teens, is an important topic to discuss; even now, 15 years after your essay was published. This country has grieved more than its fair share of mass homicide-suicides that have been blamed on mental illness. My own high school has seen one suicide and two more attempted suicides just this year. I agree with your claim that we write mental illness off as unimportant, and what stood out to me most about your argument is how your word choice and the tone of your essay effectively demonstrates how adults dismiss mental illness in teens as a phase of bad behavior. You used examples of two seventeen year old boys: Kip Kinkel and Sam Manzie. Both had received
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