Good lord our school community's been getting smacked upside for the last year. Last April, we had the worst flood in fifty years. Many of our students lost their homes. This was followed by an extremely contentious budget vote, resulting in the school going on austerity for the first time. Taxes still went up %28. In August, one of our graduates was killed in a car accident. Many of her friends arrived at their new college dorms only to be told to turn around and come home for a funeral. In September, a senior was put in a coma when he tried to rush a traffic light. He stayed in the coma for over a month and then died. The rest of the year, once per month his friends would wear a t-shirt with his face on it (dressed in his cap and gown). In October, a middle school student was shot in a hunting accident. His uncle saw it but (God help me he used to date my wife) didn't do anything because he was afraid of losing his hunting license. Because he didn't get the help he needed, he died too. A week before final exams, four more students were in a bad accident after baccalaureate rehearsal. Three of them died, all seniors. At one point, the class advisor overheard students trying to sort out which friend they were burying that day. Now things have come full circle- the town is flooding again, and this time is expected to be the worst in the last three centuries. I don't know what we've done to piss the fates off so (maybe it's the inbreeding), but enough is enough.