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By now you've no doubt heard of the petition circulated at Naperville North High School that articulates, in the words of some students there, that the school places too much pressure on them to succeed academically.

Under section 102 of the Food Safety Modernization Act, all domestic and foreign facilities that manufacture, process, pack, or store food, food ingredients, pet foods, or dietary supplements are required to renew their registration with the Food and Drug Administration every even-numbered year. agents must confirm that they have agreed to serve as such and the FDA will not confirm a registration or provide a registration number until the U. While the student deaths have not been tied to academic pressure, what comes from the conversation could be a positive step toward what Naperville North junior Tessa Newman hoped to accomplish with her petition: changing a high school atmosphere heavily tied to perfectionism.During Monday's school board meeting, Naperville District 203 Superintendent Dan Bridges said, "I have to be honest; we can't do it alone."We need each other and our community partners — people we can depend on to support us and provide us with the resources maybe that we don't have," he said.These intricate webs of connections pulling and pushing us into a new day.But as a trans person, a person outside the socially acceptable modes of expression I find myself often trapped in these webs of connections.(Suzanne Baker)In the essay, Tessa said students often are pushed to take college-prep and Advance Placement courses and to participate in multiple extracurricular activities in leadership roles to improve their chances of getting into the best colleges.

Students who don't follow that path or who don't excel are often looked down upon, and Tessa called out the school community to "stop paving the one true path to success."Friends urged her to post her essay as a petition on

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A week after an online petition raised questions about too much pressure being put on Naperville students to succeed, representatives from the city's school districts, police department and social service agencies will meet to address the teen suicides that have occurred this year.

For me and for most trans people, our personhood is often invalidated by a simple phrase 'You aren't a man.' Our relationships are ignored with 'You can't be a husband.' Our loved deny with 'You won't be my son.' These tragedies of the tongue can undo someone's personhood. But most days, I know that I have to validate this experience for myself. I leave you with this, when you hear you aren't, you can't and you won't, remember that is someone trying to invalidate your experience and I say you are, you can and you will.

If I'm not his daddy, if I can't be her husband, if I won't be their son, then what have I experienced? What was this perception of my experience in this role as his daddy, her husband and their son?

The webs of you aren't, you can't, you won't, invalidating my lived experiences.