Stories

“You tell me to quit but then when I need you you’re gone.  This will always be here for me; when you tell me to leave it tells me to come, when you tell me to die it tells me that I could live forever, when you make me feel like dying it makes me feel invincible, when you cause me too much pain to handle it makes me numb again, when you gave up on me it knew I could do big things.  When everyone talks shit, it tells me I’m beautiful, when they make me hide, it makes me a star."

- Great Falls Public Schools student

“I was so scared to be somewhere needing my mom, to believe that she was the only thing that could have protected me and knowing that she’d never help me.”

- Great Falls Public School Student

“Who the hell was I kidding I couldn’t have made that kid love me anymore than my mom made me love her, and I couldn’t have been a good mom to anything but my pet rock.  And I left that thing at the beach more often than I remembered to take it with me.”

- Great Falls Public Schools student

“When I started to become suspicious of exactly what was going on I was 6, I’d been in therapy for 2 years nearing, 3, prior and still had no solid answer as to why I was there.  When I told my mom that I didn’t like the things she made me say when I was there, or the fact I missed my dad she’d become angry.  Telling me things were up to her, and that if I did try to do anything about it she would have to fix things.  She and Richard had long ago showed me what that meant.”

- Great Falls Public Schools student

“I spent my 12th birthday in silence, sitting in my room, cutting my thighs to nothing more than blood saturated ribbons with sharp piece of plastic I’d long since picked off my bed frame.”

- Great Falls Public Schools student

“I did not know that there were things set to happen that would change my life 100% after I was incarcerated.”

- Great Falls Public Schools student

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