Today, a student at my school told me she gets beaten at home and that her father often cusses at her mom. She is special needs and has rotting teeth and obvious physical characteristics of a crack baby. My co-worker has met her mom and says that she is clearly fucked up. I want to have hope in kids, but this ones life was basically fucked up before she was even born. No wonder she fights and curses all the time. I would too. I wish I could magically fix the lives of all of these kids I work with and give them warm, loving, enriching environments to live and learn in.
I feel helpless. I know all I can only do what I can do, but it just doesn't feel like enough. Something drastically needs to change in this world and I can't do it alone.