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2012-07-25 10:49:51 AM  
TFA "and that he had failed his final, leaving him with a C+ semester grade."

Mummykins sez he was an A+ student, and the grade was dropped in the last month.

The last month is almost always review. If the little snowflake was truly the A+ student, he would have had and A+ on the exam.

Methinks, mummykins is stretching the truth just a tad.
 
2012-07-25 10:50:57 AM  
While I tend to give teachers the benefit of the doubt (possibly because I come from a family of teachers), I find myself leaning towards the parent/student in this case. Assuming that events occurred pretty much as the plaintiffs allege, it sounds like this teacher decided to hose the kid for some reason or another. She may have had a not-so-bad reason (like "the kid and his mother were entitled a**holes" or somesuch), but quite frankly the reason is irrelevant if she did in fact deliberately sabotage a student. Harming a student or hampering their education is pretty much THE worst thing a teacher can do, period. It goes against the very purpose of the profession. If this teacher did so, she deserves to be sued into bankruptcy.
 
2012-07-25 10:51:04 AM  
I had a few rotten teachers so I'm inclined to follow the story as:

1) The kid was doing A+ before the incident.

2) He had to miss school for court appearance, teacher was advised by kid and confirmed by parent

3) kid was told that he could do the lab on another day, and that didn't work out (due to teacher)

4) kid and parent tried to figure things out with teacher, then with admin... nothing good out of it.

5) because of the kid and parent going to admin, teacher now had stick up her/his rear end towards kid.

So if this is accurate, hell yeah they should do something about it if this really does impact the kid's chances in life.

I went to seriously failing grades (under 50%) that just made me gave up and drop out of high school, to take adult classes and for the exact same classes, I've never had lower than 80-90% average since.

Then again, my life at the time was a mess, and I was making the school program look stupid so they didn't like me much, so they had their reasons to try and push me out.

Joke's on them... I proved them wrong as I've had a decent life once I sorted things out and did better than most of the others kids of this specialized group.
 
2012-07-25 10:51:14 AM  

narocroc: Sure, he should have had the opportunity to slide or make up the lab he missed for an excused absence. He did however fail the final. Also, as stated... once he tries to get into prestigious colleges and they find our he is a sue happy asshat I think he will finally learn his lesson on entitlement.


You mean the exam that is suspiciously missing ?
 
2012-07-25 10:51:38 AM  

spentmiles: I teach AP Calculus for juniors and seniors. Every year there are a few of those kids who've never gotten anything less than an A. They study their asses off for my class because AP Calc is a nice perquisite to get out of the way before starting the real math classes at university. I love the looks on their faces at the end of the year when I hand out their grades and the highest is a B+. Then I explain that I grade on a curve, moving all the grades down so that C is the middle point. I've had students cry hysterically which really warms my heart. I console them by explaining that sometimes in life, no matter how hard you try, you aren't going to succeed. Get used to it.


I'm French, and in France, we get an absolute grade, 0 to 20. We are not graded on a curve. I've never understood why you have that, in the USA. What good is it for, actually? Sometimes, yes, you can have a class with an higher concentration of bright people than usual. Why shouldn't that get reflected in the the scores everyone get ?
 
2012-07-25 10:51:55 AM  

maddogdelta: TFA "and that he had failed his final, leaving him with a C+ semester grade."

Mummykins sez he was an A+ student, and the grade was dropped in the last month.

The last month is almost always review. If the little snowflake was truly the A+ student, he would have had and A+ on the exam.

Methinks, mummykins is stretching the truth just a tad.


Actually, no one knows what he got on the exam because the teacher "lost" it. Oops!
 
2012-07-25 10:53:26 AM  
I can see why mom is going ballistic over one grade. The pressure to get into a good college is not only on students. Parents have to make huge sacrifices to help sonny get good grades and to save money for his college costs. It's not just an ego thing or helicopter parenting. There's serious money on the line, and years of effort.

On top of that, the college admissions process is a mysterious, scary black box in most cases. All you can do is submit all the data you have and wait for an answer. I wonder if UCLA would really call this boy and ask, "What happened to your chemistry grade?" So the pressure is high to submit the very best grades you can get.

In this case, the alleged targeted sabotage by the teacher is the critical factor. I don't see the teacher's motivation to screw the kid, though. He was riding an A+ in her class, which generally makes a teacher rather fond of you. Allegedly, she told the kid he could make up the lab on May 31, but then changed her mind at the last minute and made additional makeup work difficult for him. I'd like to know why.

Because this is Fark, I'll throw in the theory that the teacher said she'd waive the lab if the kid boinked her, and he refused. THAT would explain everything, including her sudden resignation! :-)
 
2012-07-25 10:55:03 AM  

maddogdelta: TFA "and that he had failed his final, leaving him with a C+ semester grade."

Mummykins sez he was an A+ student, and the grade was dropped in the last month.

The last month is almost always review. If the little snowflake was truly the A+ student, he would have had and A+ on the exam.

Methinks, mummykins is stretching the truth just a tad.


An exam no one but the teacher saw, and has since disappeared.

Mummykins has the right to be perturbed.
 
2012-07-25 10:55:52 AM  

ZombiesYall: Does Patch have editors? That article is so unnecessarily detailed that it sounds like the mom wrote it.


Which details are unnecessary?
 
2012-07-25 10:57:07 AM  
If I was the judge I would throw any case out on the grounds that his name is Bowen.
 
2012-07-25 10:57:36 AM  

Atypical Person Reading Fark: Like I said, a good ole subpoena should do the trick. Or did the teacher forget to keep track?

Ridiculous that the mom is all involved in this bissh fight though. Unfortunately, some teachers are powerful enough at their schools that it takes a group or a determined adult to battle them.


Actually, Teacher's already out of the school.

and additionally, Not everyone gets what they dream about.

I, for example, dream of being independently wealthy and having dozens of nubile girls waiting on my hand and foot.

I didn't get that.
 
2012-07-25 10:58:22 AM  

WarszawaScream: From stories I've been reading about this teacher (Google Fu), it seems like this kid may have a legit case against her.


Yeah, the comments below the article are telling. I went through the same thing (minus the lawsuit): the teacher gave me a D for a class I earned an A in. The course was music theory and I had already studied it extensively in summer programs. In other words, it was a blowoff course for me and I could ace it in my sleep. The teacher despised me for this. In all fairness, I despised her as well and let that be known in no uncertain terms. When I got the D my mom went to the principal, who asked the teacher to be there and bring my test scores. I had a 96, the principal changed my grade to A.

/The teacher is still there, still behaving poorly. I'm 48. I've seen her a few times since then and just laughed. She didn't.
 
2012-07-25 10:59:09 AM  
I taught for 33 years and I never gave a student a grade. I merely kept records and reported the grade(s) my students earned. Lowering a kid's grade on a technicality, or for something other than academic performance, is just as bad as grade inflation. A teacher's comments can reflect on class conduct and effort, but the a grade should reflect mastery of the content, period.
 
2012-07-25 10:59:43 AM  

padraig: I'm French, and in France, we get an absolute grade, 0 to 20. We are not graded on a curve. I've never understood why you have that, in the USA. What good is it for, actually? Sometimes, yes, you can have a class with an higher concentration of bright people than usual. Why shouldn't that get reflected in the the scores everyone get ?


I had one organic chemistry teacher who liked to give insanely difficult exams, just to push everyone to the limit so he could see how much they really knew. The idea was that if people were getting 100%, you didn't really know how much they knew, because the test didn't go far enough.

No one was really expected to be able to correctly answer all the questions. Typical averages were in the 50% range. He would basically look at the distribution of scores and then set the grading scale to something pretty reasonable.
 
2012-07-25 10:59:52 AM  

rubi_con_man: I, for example, dream of being independently wealthy and having dozens of nubile girls waiting on my hand and foot.


You're lucky. I just have the one and it's EXHAUSTING.
 
2012-07-25 11:01:06 AM  
spentmiles is even landing the old-timers today
 
2012-07-25 11:01:44 AM  

aerojockey: [www.aerojockey.com image 320x182]

C+! Ah ha ha ha!
C+! Ah ha ha ha!


Heh, I can hear them now.
 
2012-07-25 11:03:03 AM  

padraig: I'm French, and in France, we get an absolute grade, 0 to 20. We are not graded on a curve. I've never understood why you have that, in the USA. What good is it for, actually? Sometimes, yes, you can have a class with an higher concentration of bright people than usual. Why shouldn't that get reflected in the the scores everyone get ?


Basically, you don't want the really dumb kids failing too hard or the really bright kids succeeding too much. I've mastered the curriculum and can eloquently express the concepts so that everyone can understand. I don't want my bosses looking at my grade histories and seeing too many As or too many Fs. So, I pull everyone toward the middle each year, which provides a consistent grade set. If I have my three year performance review coming up, then I let the grades creep up five or so points. I look good, the kids look good, and everyone gets rewarded.

Besides, how would you feel if you weren't very bright and kept getting Fs on your tests? Pretty bad, right? The curve not only protects my ass, it helps your self esteem from getting too low. The real bright kids need deflated too so they don't turn into pompous crepe eaters wearing purple velvet capes and working only twenty hours a week for full time pay. Win-win-win-win.
 
2012-07-25 11:03:05 AM  
The story is one sided. Now that there's pending litigation, the school isn't going to comment. However, if everything that the Mother said in article is true about the school's actions, then I'm not sure what else could have been done outside of the legal action she took.

As with many headlines of this nature, we are missing a significant portion of the story.
 
2012-07-25 11:03:25 AM  

doglover: his dream for the last three years is to go to UCLA

A C+ is going to keep him out of UCLA? REALLY?


If he's white, yeah.
 
2012-07-25 11:03:45 AM  
I find it hard to believe that a student who had a 106% overall grade at the end of May could legitimately fail a final exam a month later.

Either the teacher was out to get him because of how his mom handled the missing lab assignment or the mom was lying about how well he was doing initially. (Or the kid does well in homework/assignments but sucks at tests)
 
2012-07-25 11:06:48 AM  

doglover: A C+ is going to keep him out of UCLA? REALLY?


Yes. Even though we are just passing the max of the swell, there are still so many applicants to college that the C+ will keep him out of the entire UC system and every top-tier school. At this point, it could keep him out of a number of tier-two schools as well. He can always enter the CSU system...

/CSULB, baby!
//Too bad I didn't graduate.
///Now i haz a sad...
 
2012-07-25 11:07:26 AM  
High school Latin, solid 85% student over 3 years. Paid for a school trip to Rome. Family life was shiat, marks suffered, teacher took away the paid-for trip one month from departure. Farking coonts.
 
2012-07-25 11:08:14 AM  
The Speech teacher at my high school was a raging control freak too (and other teachers in the school hated her too), so I can actually see where this suit may have merit. Some teachers are just utter biatches.

I was getting a pretty solid B- in her class for that semester and then in December developed a raging upper respiratory infection that laid me out for 2 weeks. I'd get updated on my assignments from friends and made sure I stayed caught up, BUT my school system had a rule that past a certain number of absences, excused or not, a teacher could lower your grade a full 2 letters if they chose.
She wasn't too fond of me, so she jumped at the chance to do so. She was the ONLY teacher who did. Admittedly, I didn't sue. But my mother asked specifically that my sister NOT end up with her as a teacher.

Mom didn't even get to name the teacher in question, my sister's guidance counselor guessed INSTANTLY who she was referring to. And he then told my mother that the teacher had also become a guidance counselor, while making a face of disgust himself. He also told her "Yeah, we were shocked too."
 
2012-07-25 11:08:21 AM  
CSB time: a week after graduation on of my math teachers took a shiatload of acid (it was the 70's) and stabbed his girlfriend about 40 times. Cops found him hiding under a sink.... A few years later he escaped from prison (in new jersey) - eventually caught him in Louisiana I believe..

the end
 
2012-07-25 11:10:12 AM  
He missed one lab and got a C+? I call shenanigans.


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Was it her kid?
 
2012-07-25 11:11:00 AM  
All this complaining about crappy teachers nad entitled students brings me back. I taught at the juvenile detention center. I also taught at a traditional high school. For the students at Juvie Hall, school was the best part of the day. They were well behaived and could act like normal children for a few hours. It was a break from being treated as criminals. I sometimes miss teaching, but I left for a job I like with a better salary. I am glad I got to experience teaching for a few years.
 
2012-07-25 11:12:04 AM  

MDGeist: It's sad that one can tell 99% of the people in this comment section did not actually read the article.


And judging by their stupid comments, I bet they vote Republican.
 
2012-07-25 11:16:02 AM  
Do sophomore grades even matter? What the fark does a university care about what a student does in grade 10?
 
2012-07-25 11:17:50 AM  
When I was in high school, there was this psychopathic biatch of a biology teacher who screamed at everyone for little to no reason and often had violent fits of rage. We had entire class periods where nobody said anything to anyone; there wasn't even any lecturing. Looking back on it, I suspect she had narcissistic personality disorder.

I kinda just wish someone would have put the biatch out of her misery -- and ours.
 
2012-07-25 11:20:15 AM  
Hey, if the kid did A work but was given a C by some batshiat crazy teacher and the school system did nothing, then a law suit is called for.

Not-so-cool Story:

I had an organic chemistry professor in college, who was a great lover of boobs. He was a mechanist and placed heavy emphasis on the mechanisms of organic reactions. Each exam included a rather complicated prep, which we had to diagram in great detail. One of these was particularly challenging, but I and my study group had anticipated that we would see one like it and prepared accordingly. I nailed it with one minor error. In the last step, I drew an arrow to show an electron transfer and, and in my haste, put the arrowhead on the wrong end. It was obvious that this was just a minor detail and not a sign of a lack of knowledge. He docked me 15 points for the error. Yet a chick with hugh breast (who he was constantly ogling) blew it on the very first step, choosing the wrong reaction mechanism, which meant her solution was completely wrong. She should have lost the full 30 points, but he docked her a mere 5 points. We always said that he graded on the Boob Curve.
 
2012-07-25 11:20:23 AM  

klobbersaurus: Do sophomore grades even matter? What the fark does a university care about what a student does in grade 10?


so i can do PCP in my 10th year of college and no one will care??
 
2012-07-25 11:24:45 AM  

doglover: his dream for the last three years is to go to UCLA

A C+ is going to keep him out of UCLA? REALLY?

This sounds like yet another case of the immovable moron meeting the unstoppable ass.

On one hand, the teacher probably should of let him make up the lab. On the other hand, it's likely the boy and the mother were not civil or reasonable in their approach to the issue. In other words, we need to hear the school's side.

In all likelyhood, everyone involved is probbaly derpin' hardcore.


Have YOU ever applied to UCLA? IF this kid is a white male who is straight and not transgendered and doesn't have 20 mexicans living in his house who aren't in his family he doesn't have a shot in hell of getting in.

//serious questions they ask on the application.
 
2012-07-25 11:26:22 AM  

jayphat: Wow. What a farking prick you are. They earned the A, but you grade them down for the other precious snowflakes.


No one can earn an A, it is given. Like popularity. Can you imagine a kid in the hall during class change running around saying "I earned your affection. You must give it to me!". You were that kid, weren't you.
 
2012-07-25 11:27:18 AM  

rubi_con_man: ...and having dozens of nubile girls waiting on my hand and foot.

I didn't get that.


So what ARE those nubiles doing for you?
 
2012-07-25 11:27:34 AM  

cman: You teach Latin? fark that dead tongue. You are what is wrong with English. Keeping that bullshiat language alive means watering down English with more Latin terms. fark you


Caput tuum in ano est.
 
2012-07-25 11:32:23 AM  

JackieRabbit: I had an organic chemistry professor in college, who was a great lover of boobs. He was a mechanist and placed heavy emphasis on the mechanisms of organic reactions. Each exam included a rather complicated prep, which we had to diagram in great detail. One of these was particularly challenging, but I and my study group had anticipated that we would see one like it and prepared accordingly. I nailed it with one minor error. In the last step, I drew an arrow to show an electron transfer and, and in my haste, put the arrowhead on the wrong end. It was obvious that this was just a minor detail and not a sign of a lack of knowledge. He docked me 15 points for the error. Yet a chick with hugh breast (who he was constantly ogling) blew it on the very first step, choosing the wrong reaction mechanism, which meant her solution was completely wrong. She should have lost the full 30 points, but he docked her a mere 5 points. We always said that he graded on the Boob Curve.


Heh. I had a design professor who did something similar. We'd get grades on critique days so we didn't have more than 3 or 4 grades for an entire semester. On our last critique one of my very cute male classmates asked me what I had. I was proud of my magazine system that I designed but got a B+ and shrugged it off. He looked shocked and exclaimed "Aw really? I thought it was one of the best overall systems all semester. How the hell did I get an A?" It was very well known that all relatively cute boys got As in his classes, even his level 2 Typography class which is usually one of those classes that would cause graphic designers to jump ship and into another major.
 
2012-07-25 11:33:16 AM  
I once had a teacher who accused me of cheating on a final Exam (and I did NOT- she had a list of all the US presidents on the wall of her room, and I was using them for the final exam [had she NOT wanted us to use the list, she shouldn't have put it up there]). Long story short, the answer to the question was Lyndon B. Johnson. She rebuked me for looking at the wall and gave me a 50 on the exam. I had to go to the principal to change it. She agreed with me, but the teacher gave me a mock AP exam as my new final exam. It is not expected to get a very high grade on the mock exam- and she graded me based on how many questions I got correct. I managed to get a C in the class, but a 4 on the AP exam.

I will say getting a C in the class did absolutely nothing bad to my chances of getting into College.

// Starting in the fall
 
2012-07-25 11:34:38 AM  

rubi_con_man: I, for example, dream of being independently wealthy and having dozens of nubile girls waiting on my hand and foot.


Why is your hand and foot taking so long?
 
2012-07-25 11:36:03 AM  

video man: Reading it through, it sounds like the teacher was a dick and should be canned.


Even if that's true, and I'm not saying it isn't - what farking university would willingly accept a sue-happy family? On a similar topic, I once had an applicant for a position. Resume was outstanding, education, etc. She walked in, looked great, carried herself well, spoke well - it was all too perfect. I asked why she was leaving her last position and she, in effect, said it was because she was an educated black woman and the company's hierarchy wasn't equipped to deal with that. She felt she either needed to initiate a legal battle for the promotion she feels she should have gotten, or leave the company and look elsewhere. Instant no-hire. Why would I willingly put myself in a position to take on a problem like that?
 
2012-07-25 11:36:24 AM  
The kid didn't get a C+ in Chemistry-- he was FAILED in Chemistry despite having a 106% average and missing one lab. His average GPA that year came out to a C+.

Going into the article I was fully expecting "My little Snowflake Syndrome". After reading the article, the teacher in question seems like a d*ck. The kid had a 106% going for him, and had to miss a lab because he had to show up in court. After he missed the lab, the teacher flat out told the kid he was going to "fail him". That doesn't sound very fair in any book. On the multiple occasions the kid tried to make up the missed lab, the teacher doesn't show.

That, my fellow farkers, is d*ckery in the extreme. You don't fail someone just because you don't like them. If a kid is getting by on merit alone, then you do your job as a teacher and give him the grade he deserves to get. I'm sure there's more to the story than what was presented in the article, but if those are the facts, that teacher has some serious explaining to do.
 
2012-07-25 11:44:31 AM  

NerdCoreRageQuit: Going into the article I was fully expecting "My little Snowflake Syndrome". After reading the article, the teacher in question seems like a d*ck. The kid had a 106% going for him, and had to miss a lab because he had to show up in court. After he missed the lab, the teacher flat out told the kid he was going to "fail him". That doesn't sound very fair in any book. On the multiple occasions the kid tried to make up the missed lab, the teacher doesn't show.


And judging by the comments in TFA this teacher has a rather notorious reputation. Lots of pissed off ex-students or ex-students who observed similar instances in the past. Even a classmate of Bowen who was in the same class with him said there's no way he could have failed or gotten anything lower than an A based by performance and attitude.
 
2012-07-25 11:49:37 AM  
Teacher sounds like an asshole. He was a straight-A student who had a 106% in the class before this? And the only reason he missed the lab was because his family was adopting a child.

I come from a family of teachers, so 9 times out of 10 I side with teachers .... but this does sound like a teacher with too much authority. They are out there and tarnish the reputation of all the other teachers out there.
 
2012-07-25 11:55:02 AM  

doglover: his dream for the last three years is to go to UCLA

A C+ is going to keep him out of UCLA? REALLY?

This sounds like yet another case of the immovable moron meeting the unstoppable ass.

On one hand, the teacher probably should of let him make up the lab. On the other hand, it's likely the boy and the mother were not civil or reasonable in their approach to the issue. In other words, we need to hear the school's side.

In all likelyhood, everyone involved is probbaly derpin' hardcore.


A C+ in chemistry (or any other academic subject) could easily keep someone out of UCLA.
 
2012-07-25 11:56:06 AM  

Too Pretty For Prison: Even if that's true, and I'm not saying it isn't - what farking university would willingly accept a sue-happy family? On a similar topic, I once had an applicant for a position. Resume was outstanding, education, etc. She walked in, looked great, carried herself well, spoke well - it was all too perfect. I asked why she was leaving her last position and she, in effect, said it was because she was an educated black woman and the company's hierarchy wasn't equipped to deal with that. She felt she either needed to initiate a legal battle for the promotion she feels she should have gotten, or leave the company and look elsewhere. Instant no-hire. Why would I willingly put myself in a position to take on a problem like that?


So what you're saying here is that we shouldn't fight for what we've earned if assholes like you try to screw us over. Is that what you're saying?

Where do you work? I want to avoid giving them any money, if I can.
 
2012-07-25 12:01:59 PM  

rubi_con_man: Not everyone gets what they dream about.

I, for example, dream of being independently wealthy and having dozens of nubile girls waiting on my hand and foot.

I didn't get that.



Crap. Were those supposed to be for you?

Sorry, my mistake. Want them back?

The cash is gone and the nubile girls are slightly used, but . . .
 
2012-07-25 12:06:46 PM  

spentmiles: I teach AP Calculus for juniors and seniors. Every year there are a few of those kids who've never gotten anything less than an A. They study their asses off for my class because AP Calc is a nice perquisite to get out of the way before starting the real math classes at university. I love the looks on their faces at the end of the year when I hand out their grades and the highest is a B+. Then I explain that I grade on a curve, moving all the grades down so that C is the middle point. I've had students cry hysterically which really warms my heart. I console them by explaining that sometimes in life, no matter how hard you try, you aren't going to succeed. Get used to it.


Grading on a curve like that is horrible. You are robbing the kids of grades they earned. If they got 95% of the coursework correct then they do deserve that A because they earned it.
 
2012-07-25 12:07:26 PM  
Lot of douchebaggery in that story.
 
2012-07-25 12:11:15 PM  

Warlordtrooper: spentmiles: I teach AP Calculus for juniors and seniors. Every year there are a few of those kids who've never gotten anything less than an A. They study their asses off for my class because AP Calc is a nice perquisite to get out of the way before starting the real math classes at university. I love the looks on their faces at the end of the year when I hand out their grades and the highest is a B+. Then I explain that I grade on a curve, moving all the grades down so that C is the middle point. I've had students cry hysterically which really warms my heart. I console them by explaining that sometimes in life, no matter how hard you try, you aren't going to succeed. Get used to it.

Grading on a curve like that is horrible. You are robbing the kids of grades they earned. If they got 95% of the coursework correct then they do deserve that A because they earned it.


*cough cough* It's spentmiles dude.
 
2012-07-25 12:12:38 PM  

JackieRabbit: Hey, if the kid did A work but was given a C by some batshiat crazy teacher and the school system did nothing, then a law suit is called for.

Not-so-cool Story:

I had an organic chemistry professor in college, who was a great lover of boobs. He was a mechanist and placed heavy emphasis on the mechanisms of organic reactions. Each exam included a rather complicated prep, which we had to diagram in great detail. One of these was particularly challenging, but I and my study group had anticipated that we would see one like it and prepared accordingly. I nailed it with one minor error. In the last step, I drew an arrow to show an electron transfer and, and in my haste, put the arrowhead on the wrong end. It was obvious that this was just a minor detail and not a sign of a lack of knowledge. He docked me 15 points for the error. Yet a chick with hugh breast (who he was constantly ogling) blew it on the very first step, choosing the wrong reaction mechanism, which meant her solution was completely wrong. She should have lost the full 30 points, but he docked her a mere 5 points. We always said that he graded on the Boob Curve.


I teach organic chemistry, and I'll be damned if I grade like this. Fark, I don't even look at their names. I absolutely hate when professors have the students put their name on every single page. And mechanisms, while important, are the toughest parts of a test to grade. Too much work for partial credit to really assess their understanding.

That isn't to say that I don't know other teachers who grade that way.
 
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