Voices From The Hellmouth
1. If you choose to be different, expect to be treated differently.
I grew up in the suburbs of Philly, I was teased and ridiculed for being diabetic (the only reason that I can think of, then again, there doesn't nessisarily need to be a reason). I didn't choose to be different.
Because I was teased, I started to act differently from everyone, dressed differently, I read, I played chess. I got angry _very_ quickly.
Outside of school, I had friends, hung out, and did normal young-male things.
I didn't choose to be different, in school, I felt like I was forced into it. I don't think that what happened was right in any way, and I can't imagine doing it, but I know what it feels like to be exclueded. Fortunately college and high school changed that for me, but I think I was lucky in those regards.
I was treated differently, therefore I acted differently.