dalmarWhen Dalmar and his family arrived in Boston from Somalia, they hoped the stress and trauma of living in a war-torn country was left far behind. But something followed them.

Fourteen-year-old Dalmar enrolled in high school and began the arduous process of adapting to a new home, culture and language—largely on his own. He was intimidated by his classmates and tried to make up for his insecurities by acting tough. He noticed immediately that other students kept their distance from him. Even his teachers seemed unfriendly and unhelpful. Dalmar kept his fears to himself…and quickly began getting into trouble.

After two years in high school, Dalmar had earned just half a credit. He was suspended often for fighting and talking back to teachers. He began picking on other children—including his younger brothers and sisters—and was regularly disruptive in class.

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