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Just about everyone knows someone who has been bullied, in ways big and small. Understandably, though, many victims are reluctant to speak about their experiences. We found some who aren't.
Ryan Lynch, Gaither High senior, 2001 Ford Windstar
THE BACKUP PLAN: When Lynch’s first car broke down, he was told that driving his mom’s van would just be a temporary fix. “My initial reaction was, ‘Okay, when will I be getting a different car?’ ” he said. His dad said in two to three weeks the problem would be fixed. But more than a year later, Lynch still rocks the Windstar minivan.
BUILT-IN AIR FRESHENER: “We took a 14-hour drive up to Virginia to see our cousins,” Lynch said. “On this trip, we only brought one type of food: Winnie the Pooh honey grahams. The snacks were scattered throughout the car for years, creating a terrible aroma, and to this day you can smell a hint of Winnie the Pooh honey grahams when you enter the car.”
PROUD PARENT: There is an Essrig Elementary “My Kid Is an Honor Roll Student” bumper sticker, which really completes the whole soccer mom look of Lynch’s mini-van. He tried to make it cooler with the addition of a Ron Jon sticker, but it hasn’t really helped.
OUT OF THIS WORLD : “A friend of mine developed the name ‘The Mothership’ and it has stuck ever since,” Lynch said. “The name really got popularized when I forgot to wash my car and instead of placing the stereotypical ‘Wash Me’ on my rear window, the words ‘The Mothership’ were written – large enough for the world to see – by a friend of mine.”
WARM AND TOASTY: “Despite all the negatives about the Windstar, it does have seat heaters,” said Lynch. “And those are pretty sweet. On those few days a year when Florida gets cold, I’m the coziest kid in my school’s parking lot.”
— ANDY ZUNZ, Gaither High
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