Essay about The Guest Speaker, Michael Skilnik

821 Words Mar 8th, 2016 4 Pages
The guest speaker, Michael Skilnik, really stood out for me. First of all, my heart reaches out to Michael to talk to the class about his addictions. I cannot imagine how hard that would have been. During his talk, I began to get frustrated when Michael brought up that his teacher gave him candy and then started banging him. When I was in high school, my best friend encountered something similar just in different context. The only thing that is different between Michael and my best friend’s stories is my teacher never made sexual contact. I knew this was not right and I did not know who to talk to because I did not want to get my friend in trouble. Therefore, I was frustrated a lot during this time, perhaps why I felt frustrated when Michael started talking about his sexual encounters. I was frustrated back then because I did not know what to do. Consequently, Michael felt the same way; he did not know what to do. For a while, my friend liked the attention she was getting: high grades, flattering texts, the attention in class, and always getting played on the volleyball team. However, this attention made me sick. I could not wrap my head around the idea that a teacher was trying to get with one of his students, and it had to be my best friend.
One day, my parents sat me down in the living room and asked if my teacher was having sexual encounters with my friend. I said no, which was true. He just did everything else. My parents then gave me a talk on how this type of…

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