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Behind Closed Doors Essay

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Prologue – Behind Closed Doors
I watched as the drops of rain fell delicately from the dark sky; each drop sliding down the window like tear drops on the peachy face of an infant, crying for its mother. It was a dark day in Belleville; but then again, it always was. I can’t remember the last time I saw the sun straining through the pearly grey clouds to shed some light on this morbid town. We always seemed to be living in darkness; even at noon it still seemed like the early morning sun was still trying to peak over the horizon. I felt as though that as the weather darkened; so did my mood. I ran my bony fingers along the window pane; chasing a raindrop with great precision. I loved nature; but I never dared to venture outside unless I had to. Even then it was the nerve wracking journey to school I wish I could avoid. Just the torment of constantly having to look over your shoulder in fear that someone would be running up behind you yielding a knife, or a gun was enough to make you never want to leave the safety of your home again. Belleville isn’t such an awful place really; it’s just over run with juvenile delinquents. Most of which were from my school. If you come across anyone over thirty, the fear would just melt away from you as they walked past with a smile. The parents of my generation were so strict, probably why most youths became ne’er-do-wells by 9th grade. They just rebelled against their parents’ wishes. I didn’t ever rebel against my parents. Well, that’s a lie. I did as a child; but not anymore. I’m not one of the local Belleville girls you’ll find strutting around the school corridors in the apposed latest fashion. I’m just a quiet, simple girl who wishes she could just fade into the background and not be noticed. That’s never going to happen though; I stand out a mile in a Belleville high school. My family moved here from London when I was only 10 years old. I was so excited to move here; I certainly don’t feel that way now. Since the day I first got here people have hated me; I’m different to them and as the rules go in high school, anyone that’s different is marginalised to the edge of society. We’re treated like animals, or aliens from another world. Discrimination has played a great part in history, shaping the world as we know it today, teaching us to be judgmental, teaching us to be paranoid and self-conscious. Racism and sexism is dying out but other forms of discrimination thrive behind the closed doors of a teenager’s life. Students walk the corridors in fear of the next verbal or even physical attack. They are afraid to be themselves, as am I.
I sauntered through the corridors in my house unheard. My mother was out getting groceries with the little money we had and my dad was in his usual spot; passed out on the sofa after doing nothing all day. I preferred him this way though. He seemed so peaceful as I crept past his bear like figure; deep in slumber. I held my breath as I cautiously made my way into the larder to...

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