Free Mr. Burgess
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Mr. Burgess, a beloved teacher who recently got arrested at Parkside Middle school, deserves a second chance. Countless students recall their moving moments in P.E during which Mr. Burgess pushed them to try their hardest and further reinforced the idea that a healthy lifestyle results in a healthy future. "Jonathan, you need to get up and quit being lazy! Stop hiding in the corner during warm-ups. Do you want to be unhealthy? Because that's bad. You have great potential, and I don't want that to be wasted! C'mon I'll run with you!", he said to me in a compassionate yet disciplined manner. "Wow," I said to myself, "he really cares." Never have I been so motivated to try harder. I now run at least 2 miles every morning, and at the start of each run, his words always hit me: "You have great potential,". Yes, he got caught with schedule 2 drugs, was under the influence and couldn't properly communicate with staff, but numerous students ardently believe that it was due to the fact that he worked too hard and cared so much for the students at Parkside middle school. His constant concern with students' health and their well being drove him to this unfortunate path. How lucky they were... He needs rehabilitation and a second chance to inspire the change in students that he inspired in me. We want a world with Free health education, Free healthy spirits, and a Free Mr. Burgess.
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