One of the kindest, brightest teens I know, Matteo is a a good friend of Kevin's. To be true to yourself and who you are without being swayed by the crowd is difficult at any time, but especially so when you are a teenager, and requires more strength and determination than even some adults have.
For all the kids who feel like they are being stuck with the nerd label, take heart; it really does get better.
By Matteo Alps-Mocellin
Nerd. What a word.
People think of a
computer-light bleached face
staring glumly into space
contributing nothing to the human race;
this is one example of hate, blind prejudice
that drives people to say
comments behind backs and exclude people just like that....
Is that the way it's supposed to be?
Churning out copies of kids with no individuality, just similarities...
because if you even touch individuality,
or extend a hand to someone who's fallen from grace,
you get shut out, just like that.