By Leslie Contreras Schwartz

Leslie Contreras Schwartz is a writer in Houston, Texas. Her work has appeared in Dame Magazine, the Houston Chronicle, and Pebble Lake Review.

  1. “Keep your hands to yourself,” I say to Alma, one of the pre-K students at my school. Alma narrows her eyes and gives me a look that says Go to hell. She is holding a sharpened pencil, readying it to poke another student. “I'm watching you. Put it away.” I see my former student, Claudia, running from the sidewalk into the street. Why aren't the teachers stopping her? I look around for the music teacher who usually monitors…

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