DEAR ABBY: I need your opinion about something that happened at school. I am 13 years old, and my science teacher has an expression that bothers me. He says, "Life's unfair -- and then you die." He uses this expression whenever a student complains about something. He thinks it's funny.
I know kids complain a lot, but I think he is wrong to say this. He makes it seem like life is hopeless. It makes me think about the boys in Colorado who shot up their school, and about teen-agers who commit suicide. I think they felt hopeless, too.
I would complain to the principal, but he knows about this, and he also thinks it's funny. What do you think? -- WONDERING IN MURRIETA, CALIF.
DEAR WONDERING: I think your teacher needs some new material, because if you have quoted him accurately, his attitude is extremely condescending. Perhaps he should lay off the smart remarks and consider whether some of those complaints are valid.
One thing is certain: He will never make it as a stand-up comic. He should put more effort into his daytime job.