Dr. Lori Ween, dean of studies and faculty in English at the school, told the Times students are dealing with much more outside of school than the average student their age. She cited one student whose father was recently murdered and another who spent a weekend at the hospital after her boyfriend was shot. Still another student is responsible for his younger brother, acting as the primary caretaker by preparing his meals and getting him to school daily.
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“When you hear these stories, it’s really easy to say, ‘Take a break’, Dr. Ween told the Times. However, Dr. Ween recognized that while these students may need support at times, they cannot be let off the hook in terms of their schoolwork. Not if they are truly interested in succeeding.