Section 3 Summary

Sophomore Year: Fall 1995

Even as a student teacher, Ms. Gruwell was the target of jealous, envious teachers in her building; things do not improve now that she is a full-time staff member at Wilson High. Some call her a “hotshot” and do and say cruel things to her. It gets bad enough that she accepts a teaching position at another school, and she tells her principal she is leaving because “all” her colleagues are “out to get” her. But he reminds her that she does have some support in the building. One important thing Erin Gruwell has tried to teach her students is not to let the actions of a few determine how one feels about an entire group, and now she is doing just that. Ms. Gruwell...

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