Eddie, that’s a heartbreaking recount.
You’re an original. You care about the kids, not the numbers. That’s why they’re so threatened by you. It’s a disgrace that they can use depression against you like they have. An absolute disgrace.
Maybe you’ll choose to continue to do what you do from outside the system. Maybe you can do even more good from there. Your passion for kids, especially the ones who don’t fit in, can still be a powerful force of good for them. Maybe more so.
Make sure you heal. And then go and do the great work for the young people who need you, however you can. Thanks for sharing your story. With love, brother!