He scrolled and scrolled and scrolled, drinking it all in with one eye on the clock in the bottom right corner. He wasn’t supposed to be on the computer but his mom had gone to cook dinner and he knew he had a few minutes to check out the response to his latest posts. He was something of an online star among his friends. In truth, he was a star for most of the school but it was only his friends that knew he was the one behind the posts on the schools social platform. At least, he hoped his friends weren’t telling anyone else. He thought he could trust them but… The rise to fame had been swift and he knew that the fall could go even faster.
His latest post was a scathing review of the school board meeting that had occurred the week before. He hadn’t attended in person. Hardly anyone actually went to the meetings anymore once they had started streaming them live online. So, he watched on a tablet from his room while he was supposed to be sleeping, scribbling notes throughout that he turned into his rebuke the following day. Two days later, after reviewing for content and clarity, and double checking some of the facts he had included to make his points more salient, he had posted the essay.
As expected, the replies from his fellow students were supportive in nature while the administration scrambled to provide a coherent counter-argument. They wouldn’t be able to, though, and the next day at school every social group would be abuzz talking about him. Well, talking about the anonymous poster. That was enough for now. He didn’t really care about the fame aspect of it, anyway. He was genuinely tired of the school using the “children” and the “needs of the children” to justify the ridiculous financial decisions they made. He was tired of the watching them waste money that could be better used to actually support their students in meaningful ways.
Quickly closing the browser and then erasing the search history and related cookies, being careful to leave the trail of sites his mom had visited recently intact, he locked the computer and moved back to the tasks he was supposed to be doing while his mom cooked. Riding high on yet another online victory, it was easy to finish his chores.