Friday, 5 January 2018

An Open Letter To...The Teachers Who Put Me Down

Dear teachers who put me down, I remember sitting in an attendance meeting with you and my dad. You asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I told you I wanted to be a midwife. You laughed and told me I had no chance in doing that. I felt gutted. 
We used to have meetings all the time because of my poor attendance, threatening me with punishment for me being ill. You didn't believe me when I was off you all thought I was skiving. I wasn't. I have Fibromyalgia. You didn't care though. You just wanted to scare me into coming school, even though I couldn't.

When it came to my GCSE's, I came in everyday in the holidays to work on stuff for performing arts. But as usual I ended up in hospital. When I came back I was told I wasn't allowed back in the lessons as I had been skiving off, despite the fact I was in hospital. I remember the day I walked into Art to be told ' You might as well give up. You won't even get a D in this lesson.' I walked out with 2 C's! 

In year 11, the year I hated the most because of what you all put me through. Ringing my mum telling her stuff about me that had nothing to do with the school or my mum. It didn't effect my school work but you turned it on me and it made me feel the lowest I felt in a long time. There was no need telling her them things but you did and it really knocked me down. I couldn't go to my lessons as I felt anxious as I was so far behind. I paid my prom deposit and it was something I was looking forward to. Something to aim for. You then gave me the money back and told me I couldn't go because I didn't go to my lessons. It really upset me seeing all my friends going to prom but I wasn't allowed to go.

Now, all I can say to you is a massive F you. I left school and went straight into college to study beauty therapy. I had a job then too. I qualified a year later as a beauty therapist and had a brilliant job in a retail store. 
I was then promoted to a team leader a few months after. I was a team leader at the age of 18! Bet none of you would of ever expected that. 

It's nearly 5 years since I left now and all I can say is thank you. Thank you for putting me down the way you did, I proved you all wrong. I will do nothing with my life ? Okay then! I am happy with how my life is now and I wouldn't change it for the world.
Maybe I don't have a career, I'm not a midwife, I'm not training to be one. But I have a job I love. A hobby that I love.

You putting me down, has made me more ambitious.

Keira Toni


  1. I can't believe you were treated like that!! So sorry you went through that but good on you for proving the bastards wrong! You're going to go far in life, I can see it.
    Saph xx

    1. It was awful but I feel like it shaped me as a person! Thank you so much xx