This find comes from Egoist I, Hilary Gan: http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/2013/11/11/243960103/a-reluctant-reader-turns-ya-author-for-tough-teens

It’s a great reminder that connections in the classroom are often made in unexpected ways. Sometimes the kid with neck tattoos is a sensitive soul who is waiting for someone to confirm that his secret coping method (in this case, writing) is valid. Sometimes he still drops out of school and lives the thug life in spite of validation. Oh NPR, putting the N in nihilistic.