Moving countries puts huge pressure on anyone, especially if you’re a teenager. Leaving your close friends, family members, and everything you took for granted behind and finding yourself in a completely foreign environment where you’re expected to get comfy and thrive, at such a precarious time of your life, can be daunting. This is what happened to one 16-year-old Irish woman from Dublin who moved to a small town in the south of the US with her family.
Here, she joined the high school where her classmates soon picked up on her unusual accent and started teasing her with Irish stereotypes. The teen was then asked by her history teacher to present her Irish culture to her class, but this was the last thing she wanted to do.
The drama ensued, and the teen who wrote this lengthy Reddit post is now unsure whether it was the right thing to do to refuse to share her background. “I don’t want to be used as some kind of performance monkey,” she stated of this challenging situation. Read the full story below and share what you think in the comment section!
The Irish teen has moved to a small town in the US where she refused to teach her class about her culture as she didn’t want to “be used as some kind of performance monkey”
Image credits: Fotos_PDX (not the actual photo)
Here is the full story that the author posted on Reddit in a bid to find out if she was right to refuse to share her background with her class
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