Written by Merima Aranitović //
Every time I greet them in the classroom in the same way.
„Good day, how are you today?“ I say.
And every time the answer is more or less the same. Today it’s not.
Today the answers were different. As well as the behavior of my students. As if they grew up too much in one day and night.
What troubles them?
They are afraid. They are afraid for their brothers and sisters who are in elementary school. They say, there is always something happening there, but mostly it’s well hushed up. Until something happens that can’t be hidden.
They are confused because they have learned that there are differences. Elite and other schools. Until yesterday, they believed that all schools were the same.
They are sad because adults often don’t believe that they are scared, anxious, depressed, and down. They are told that these things don’t happen to children and that it’s just a sign that they are lazy and spoiled. But they are not. And they are seeking help.
They can’t believe that their parents are ashamed to take them to a psychologist or therapist for a talk.