Hazing goes beyond the physical and visible traumatic injuries, yet there is psychological harm that is often not discussed. Psychological trauma can lead to depression, shame, and can drive to a student’s withdrawal from activities or poor grades.
“Thank you for calling the Walt Disney Travel Company! This is Britt, how may I assist you today?”
My very last call of the day began just like every other call I had answered. The woman on the line wanted to book a suite to celebrate her children's birthdays. After reviewing our options, we found the perfect room, tickets, and activities to make it magical for the soon to be 6 and 8-year-olds.
Agreeing to the price, I began to gather the names of each guest that would be staying with us. Mrs. Jessica Barnes, Mr. Brandon Barnes, Miss Isabelle Barnes, age 6… “and the 8-year-old’s name?” I asked.
“Folie, F-O-L-I-E,” Jessica responded.
I have been a firefighter since the age of 16 and it wasn't recently until I learned what the fire service has taught me revolving around being a leader, and who I am as a person. I owe this blog to the men and women of the Farmville Fire Department for truly showing me what it means to be a leader, a follower, and a being apart of a team that means so much to me...