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The Pro8News story reminded me of my first experiences with being singled out as “different.” I didn’t have lice but… in my grammar school, if you were brown, your head went down. Our school nurse would put on her gloves and only the Latinos (mostly Mexican migrant students like me and a few Puerto Ricans) were asked to put their heads down on their desk while we got our heads checked.
I don’t think the school administrators ever understood how that changed my view of being a Latina. We were made to feel sucios, even if we were not. If there were outbreaks of lice, didn’t they think the white and black children also had lice or was the assumption that they were immune? I better stop thinking about my early memories before I break my normally happy mood.
At least the Laredo health services representative claims to be more sensitive about this issue. Let’s hope it’s true.