The girls started up the stairs toward the giant front doors of the school - where the boy stood alone. One girl was telling her usual gossip about everyone to the other two. She stopped her story immediately and pointed to the boy standing alone by the door. She bobbed her head side to side and looked at the boy in disgust. “Who is that?” She stepped slightly toward the boy, as if examining him. “He looks so - poor!” The girl moved back and leaned against her friends, as if she were getting too close to the boy. “Do you think he has cooties?” All three girls laughed.