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  1. March 4, 2013 5:41 pm

    I have a speech impairment that some people especially kids made fun of when I was a kid. I try to speak as clearly as I can. Knowing how it feels when you want to say something but it’s hard to say what you want to and knowing how it feels when people can’t understand me I never made fun of people who stutter or people who have a speech impairment and slur their speech.

  2. March 8, 2013 12:24 pm

    I’ll take your word that your teacher was “a nice guy,” but honestly how did he THINK this was going to turn out? If he’d had any sense at all, he’d have thought up an alternate exercise out of respect for this poor kid.

    That said, you can tell this PSA isn’t happening on Earth-Prime, because when I was in grade school if the teacher had announced one of our classmates had brain damage, it would have been the start of the tormenting, not the end.

    Kids are great. Except when you are one. Then they suck.

    • March 8, 2013 1:22 pm

      The thing with “Justin’s” stutter was that it often wasn’t all that bad, but sometimes it flared up, and being “on stage” like that amplified it. And when played back it was about 1000 worse. I think it was just one of those things that the teacher didn’t fully see coming, and maybe froze in the headlights a bit — and he really was a good guy, probably one of the nicest, funniest teachers I ever had. (I admit, my 20+ years old recollections might be fuzzy.)

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