He hopes to become a management assistant someday. Therefore he has the same classes as the girls who want to be a secretary when they grow up. The girls make fun of him. It can't be easy, one boy in a class with 20 girls. Certainly at that age. But he doesn't talk voluntarily. He ignores all the girls in his class, even when they try to get in touch. At times like that he seems nearly autistic. To me he says a few words when I ask him something. In the meantime he does what he has to do and that's it. Within a month he has overtaken the rest of the class in my subject. When I do explain some things, he never asks a question. When I specifically ask him if he understood, he just nods. When during other classes I ask him if he needs help, he shakes his head. Even though it is forbidden to use your walkman/Discman during classes, for him I make an exception. Somehow I don't feel it necessary to explain him what the rules are for.
His parents are divorced off course, a lot of the problems in that particular class can be explained by just looking at the family situation of the kids, he is no exception to that rule. Apparently he never sees his dad again. All of this information is confidential by the way, but I assume he remains anonymous enough, should he ever bump into this entry, there are no lies here. His name hasn't been mentioned once, in case you hadn't noticed yet.
At the end of the year he could have a diploma, he will have to apply. He might find a job. But I can't recall ever having seen e boy as bitter as him. Even teachers twice my age agree on that. He has been offered psychiatric help by school, something that doesn't happen very soon in my country. He refused. There is no way to get into his head. I feel sorry, but know I can't do anything.