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When Skyler was in middle school, 8th grade, he really had very little idea who he was, what he was doing, or how to smoothly bridge that gap between being a kid and being a true teenager. Nobody else seemed to have much of an idea either - confused middle schoolers. One thing Skyler was not confused about was the fact that he liked boys and was not straight.
He had an extra English class every day in sixth period, and in this class there was a boy that he thought was really super cute - Giovanni. Skyler developed a huge crush on Giovanni, and, there were some rumors going around that Giovanni was "in the closet." This made his crush grow even stronger, and the feeling that he should make a bold move wouldn't leave him alone. Even though he knew he would regret it if he got rejected, he couldn't help it and started talking and just being friendly with Giovanni.
His crush grew stronger and stronger and finally Valentines Day rolled around. This was it - no regrets - he wrote a letter to his crush that truly explained how he felt about him. He ended the note by saying that he wanted them to be more than friends.
So the next day in sixth period English class Skyler got in early and put his Valentines note on Giovanni's desk and waited. But then a friend of Skyler's came in and grabbed the letter off the desk and just wouldn't leave it alone. He asked Skyler who's it was and he lied and just said he didn't know but that he just leave it alone and put it back on the desk.
Instead the kid started trying to OPEN THE LETTER and Skyler freaked out and grabbed it out of his hands and yelled "dude, what are you doing? I told you to leave it alone! Why wouldn't you?"
At that moment Giovanni walked in and so Skyler ran over and personally gave it to him. He opened the letter, read it, and gave Skyler a weird look, kind of confused, and finally sighed and said "Sorry dude, I'm straight."
Skyler had such a huge crush on Giovanni, and didn't think he was straight, and he felt his heart break and was full of regret at being rejected. He was upset, angry and heartbroken. BUT, for some reason, that 8th grade self was a bit obsessed and wouldn't take no for an answer and just wouldn't leave his crush alone.
He made fake social media accounts and would follow Giovanni and start conversations - kind of stalking him honestly. And this went on for awhile until Giovanni found out it was him and told the Principal.
The principal called his parents and told them that Giovanni felt really uncomfortable about what Skyler had been doing - REALLY VERY UNCOMFORTABLE. Without really being fully aware of what he was doing while he was doing it, he now knows what he did was wrong.
His parents, father and mother, confronted him and asked who Giovanni was and why he did this to him. Skyler was really nervous - the fact is, he had never told his parents he was not straight and he was so scared about how they would react. But, he had to explain what had happened with his crush, that he wouldn't leave him alone and that he regrets it, but to do that he had to tell them about himself. Coming out and acceptance were a concern.
It was difficult, but he eventually told them everything - about what happened and why he did it and why he was so confused, and also angry. His parents were really mad at him, but not in the way he thought they would be - they surprised him and said "We don't care that you're not straight, but when it comes to dating, when someone says no and rejects you then that's that."
So he learned his lesson that day, a bunch of them - but mainly to respect people's boundaries and choices no matter what. He learned that being aggressive like this and ignoring someones wishes or response is rally inappropriate. No means no. Oh, and he got fully grounded for two months.
Now Skyler is 17 and in high school, and he really regrets what he did - feels ashamed of it actually, but now knows how to behave in the dating world.
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