The Same

Feeling Forced to Fit-In and Praying for your own Voice  

Every student rises out of their chair, above their head a voice comes on. “Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name” every day an entire school recites these same words, at the same time, in the same uniform. A Catholic School is not a place for originality and uniqueness and, for some this can feel more like a prison than a place for learning and faith to go hand-in-hand.

 “I feel as though I was “brainwashed” in some ways. There were only 24 people in my class, so everyone knew each other,” junior Grace said. “I didn’t look, act, or dress exactly how everyone else did I was looked down upon and made fun of.”

After eight years in that environment, moving  to Hamilton Southeastern High School meant more …
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