“They just have to accept me for who I am.”
From Edina Pehratovic Gateway STEM High School

So when I was in 7th grade we were in science class and this boy started making fun of how short I was and he was saying like, if I go to Six Flags will I be tall enough to go on the rides? And I tried getting him to stop but he wouldn’t. And it made me mad and I just started crying. But at the end I realized that I just had to let go, like forget about it because I’m short and there’s like nothing I can do about it. They just have to accept me for who I am.

Interview conducted in St. Louis, MO.


scu_gatewaystem150x175 “I was kind of getting scared…what if my potential is not as high as theirs?”
scu_gatewaystem150x175 “…you never know how it feels getting back up if you never fall down.”
scu_gatewaystem150x175 “I never wanted this to happen.”
scu_gatewaystem150x175 “… a whole lot of people in St. Louis haven't been to the Arch.”
scu_gatewaystem150x175 “… after that I felt worthless, and like a coward.”
scu_gatewaystem150x175 “Some teenagers my age are not like me for one big and important reason…”
scu_gatewaystem150x175 “…it’s not all ice cream and cake.”
scu_gatewaystem150x175 “They just have to accept me for who I am.”
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