The thirteen-year-old locks himself inside one of the restroom stalls, listening to the noise of comers and goers while making time pass in his head. He comes here during recess because he doesn’t have any friends. His name is David and he excels at disappearing.
His schoolmates call him “cat breath” even though he vigorously brushes his teeth every morning. They draw cartoons in which he is decapitated, raped or otherwise humiliated. A teacher caught one of these being passed around and made a big deal out of it, which only made matters worse.
The girls are generally nice but say “ew” in the rare occasions they speak of him. It’s ok though, he wouldn’t know what to talk about with them anyway. Mostly he just keeps to himself now.
Every day David goes home after class; every morning he comes back with his gums still bleeding.