Way To Be, Jeff Bliss!

Hey, Jeff Bliss!

Bet you're feeling like you're in some sort of whirlwind at the moment, huh? Hey, no one's gonna blame you for that; you've had an insane past 24 hours.

Yesterday at this time, you didn't have everyone's attention the way you do now. You were just an anonymous Duncanville High sophomore sitting in Ms. Julie Phung's world history class, probably trying to remember what the cafeteria serves for lunch on Wednesdays, when Phung's efforts (or lack thereof) at preparing her class for the upcoming statewide standardized STAAR tests just became too much for you to handle. And then you did this:

Hey, now!

But — beyond just the gawking — allow us to say this: Good for you, man! We totally feel you!

Packets? They are the worst. Lackluster teachers? No one's crossing their fingers and pulling for that one.

You made some good points in that outburst of yours. Great points, even. And, better yet, you seem passionate about the education you're receiving. I swear, right around the 1-minute mark of the above video, it sounds like you're about to cry. That's rad.

It's also pretty cool that you're an 18-year-old sophomore going through high school for the second time. We get that you dropped out for a year; the important thing is that you came back. Coming back to school like that can't be easy. It's gotta take courage. You had it. That's awesome, too.

And y'know what else is awesome? That the Duncanville Independent School District agrees with us. They just announced this afternoon that you're not going to be reprimanded for voicing your concerns.

This is your week, dude. Revel in it. Bask in it.

You deserve it — just as you deserve the education you demand.

Well done.

Love,
Pete and the rest of the Central Track staff

P.S. That buddy of yours — the one who filmed your tirade? Tell him to keep his chin up. Ms. Phung's gotta be pissed at him. If you think about it, he's the one who's really to blame for all this notoriety she's gaining.

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