No we don’t have it.
Jeremy was talking to zir teachers during free time yesterday and mentioned ebola. Zir teacher immediately informed Jeremy that it’s in the news lately because it’s a scary disease and highly contagious; that you can catch it just by being in the same room with an infected person.
Jeremy said they were wrong, you can only catch it by touching the bodily fluids of an infected person. I’m sure they’ll consider this yet another example of how argumentative zie is but, damn it, zie was right. The teachers went online to prove Jeremy wrong but yeah. Instead of conceding, they asked zir to explain how the doctor got infected. Jeremy figured the doctor got drooled on when the patient said “aaahhhh”. I’m figuring there was a heck of a lot more “bodily fluids” than that but will leave Jeremy to zir innocence.
Meanwhile I’m shaking my head in amazement. We had a meeting recently and Jeremy’s teacher told me zie’s intimidating and terrifying zir classmates. Her example was a classroom activity where the students were all asked to share their favourite place. One boy said his bedroom and Jeremy immediately replied that zie wouldn’t have thought that since the boy’s bedroom was really small. A girl said the kitchen was her favourite place and Jeremy commented zie wouldn’t have picked there. That was it for intimidating and terrorizing… not exactly much of either.
Apparently I wasn’t the only one who looked underwhelmed by this story because the teacher went on to explain that the other students in the class are very delayed and were cringing and pulling away from Jeremy, obviously upset by zir comments. And, as if to quell any questions, she added that they were too delayed to relay their concerns to their parents. Basically she made them sound like they were barely capable of speech, implying that Jeremy’s much more intelligent and acting like a tyrant. The flip side is Jeremy told me this week that zie and the boy were walking to the bus together, just chatting, when their teacher came up and accused Jeremy of harassing him. You see, Jeremy and the boy are friends, which is how zie knew how small his bedroom was. The boy was confused and told Jeremy zie wasn’t harassing him.
How on earth can they claim Jeremy’s terrorizing zir classmates by commenting on their favourite places but it’s fine for them to describe ebola as a deadly disease that spreads as easily as the common cold in front of those same kids?
While they’re worrying about how fragile the other students are, they don’t seem to realize at all how much they affect Jeremy by their actions. They made apple crisp today and the teacher decided to serve the students by gender, even though Jeremy reminded her once again that zie doesn’t identify as either gender. So it went ladies first, then gentlemen, and finally Jeremy because (oops) the teacher forgot about “him”. They’re all little incidents but they’re adding up. Jeremy told me this afternoon that school makes zir feel like dying. At least zie’s got the next three days off for a bit of a breather.