If you look closely at this image there is an owl perched on a branch. Thanks to the awesomeness of nature, the owl is camouflaged, and blends into the tree.
The fancy term for this is cryptic coloration. This means an animal has similar colors to their surroundings, making it easier to blend it. The easier way to look at this is that Owls are freaking awesome.
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Ridgewood, NJ is a town in Bergen County. It used to be known as a nice town where nice people could raise their nice families. Many people now know it as the home town of Tyler Clementi. It’s also the town I grew up in.
I knew the Clementi family. I went to high school with two of the Clementi children. When I first heard about what happened to Tyler it brought up the mixed emotions I had of living in Ridgewood.
On one hand I was able to be an active part of a Gay Straight Alliance, something many high-school students are denied. We had a few people who came out in high school, and in my senior year the high school hired an out teacher.
On the other hand I was bullied for a majority of my time in the Ridgewood Public School system. Being nerdy, interested in human rights, and non-athletic made me a target. Not being straight didn’t help things.
One of the most frustrating things was that the faculty was often silent. If a student said something was “gay” in class they weren’t reprimanded. It would have been nice if a teacher had done something. Even the smallest action would have been part of the support I so desperately needed at the time.
October 20th is Spirit Day, a time when people can wear purple as a sign of support of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth. (Purple on the LGBT rainbow flag stands for spirit.) I hope that teachers in the middle school and high school wear purple. Growing up in this town is tough, and a sign of support from faculty can go a long way.
And one day I hope this country will be a place where being LGBT in Ridgewood, or any town, isn’t a big deal.
P.S. The title comes from the first two lines of “Save Me” by Aimee Man.