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Bowing Out: The Fight At My Job That Almost Broke My Back

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Bowing Out: The Fight At My Job That Almost Broke My Back

The Struggles of Being a CaseworkerLast Thursday night, I did not feel safe. My pepa™ clenched in fear. My heart accelerated. I wanted to fly; spread my wings and float above the scene that I was experiencing for the first time.

There was an altercation at my job between two young men. The youngest and smallest of the two stormed into the computer lab, chest puffed and lips tight, while the oldest and biggest sat by one of the Dell computers. Cursing ensued. “Pussy. Mother fucker. Fuck you. Who’s soft now, pussy?” Suddenly, Young Small Boy towered over Old Big Boy and slammed his short hands on his broad chest. Old Big Boy’s nostrils flared. He gripped the chairs arms and seethed like a venomous Cobra. His eyes glared at his attacker. My breath stopped for an instant. I heard my voice. I heard myself exclaim, “Don’t hit him back!” I felt my pepa­™ clench in fear. My heart accelerated. I felt myself in trouble, in danger, and so I did the one thing I thought to do: looked up at the ceiling, hoping that God, my abuela, my Tia Argentina, would protect me from a potential physical brawl.

And they did.

In mere seconds, Young Small Boy’s sister grabbed him and led him out the door. Old Big Boy did not follow or retaliate. I  thanked him for his self-control as things could have become chaotic and irreparable.  I exhaled but know that this is the last straw.

I was the only staff on the scene. The only “mentor” in the office at the time. I was left alone with 12 students who can become aggressive, rude, and uncontrollable in a heart beat. And so I am ready to bow out. I am ready to spread my wings and float above my role of “caseworker,” if only for my sanity and safety.

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Sujeiry is a natural storyteller, dynamic radio show host and the proud CEO of LoveSujeiry.com. She's been at this digital media and content creation game for 15 plus years and pours her heart and soul onto LoveSujeiry.com - the only site for Latinas on all things love. After realizing there was a void in the love/relationship Latina media market, she took matters into her own hands and became the go-to sex and relationship expert on Latinx platforms. The former sex and relationship expert on Latina.com works diligently and passionately to encourage women of color to be their authentic selves as they navigate all things love.

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