In September 2020, I started 8th grade at a new school. Last year I was assaulted by another student at my previous school, and I didn’t feel safe going back.
Everything at the new school started off okay, but I soon began experiencing chronic health problems including fatigue and fevers. While doctors were unable to diagnose the cause, I was often unable to get through the day. I started missing a lot of school and my grades suffered. My mother, Jody, and I made the difficult decision in November to enroll me in Great River Connections Academy, a public online charter school.