User Data
CatPerson
@LittleLynn84:

Have a good hiatus. We'll be waiting ...
@LittleLynn84:

And while I know many readers wanted to see judges passing down verdicts, or people getting fired/expelled ...

Given the Roman Catholic Church's past behavior in matters of scandal, people just disappearing with no official explanation, leaving everyone to guess, is the most likely outcome there is!
CatPerson
June 11th, 2018
@LittleLynn84:

And now that the lawyers are involved, can the local media be far behind? If Father Quenton thought news of a pregnant valedictorian getting out would be bad, how would word about a violent, perhaps disturbed, male student roughing up dozens of girls while the school did nothing sound?
[Turns on tape recorder]

Good morning Mr. Feltman:

The dictator of St. Hallvard, infamous as Butcher Quenton, along with his chief henchman, Todd Bittner, has created a reign of terror over his subjects for many years. The Secretary has reason to believe that there are records located at his headquarters that will bring Butcher Quenton and Bittner down and restore freedom to his oppressed subjects. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to find those records and make sure they come to light in a way to guarantee Butcher Quenton's downfall.

As always, should you or any member of your IM Force be caught or killed, the Secretary will disavow any knowledge of your actions. This tape will self-destruct in five seconds. Good luck, Art!

Dum dum dum da dum ...
@LittleLynn84:

Hasn't Emily been busy?

She arranged to bust Maria out of Father Quenton's office. She got a place for Maria to hide away from her parents for a while. And she is now organizing the girls who have been abused by Todd to report his actions to the powers that be in order to help get Maria readmitted to the school.

Emily knows how to get stuff done ...
@Sparkly_Glitter_GBB:

This site:

https://transcare.ucsf.edu/article/information-estrogen-hormone-therapy

... has a fairly detailed description of the physical effects of MtF hormone treatment.
@Michael:

I like the concept but Colette's date would have to be told beforehand and agree.
@LittleLynn84:

Okay ... no one notice the last panel? Is Rudy thinking of creative prom wear so Colette doesn't feel so awkward at the prom? Any ideas?
@Guest:

Heh! My age may be showing ...
@LittleLynn84:

Could just call him "buddy" or "pal" for the time being, I suppose ...
@Guest:

But Vincent can refer him to another knowledgeable and understanding counselor ... if Vincent's soft heart doesn't get him to take him on anyway.
@Yan Mouson:

The willing suspension of disbelief is the foundation of all fiction, from the greatest works of Shakespeare to the worst trash (which Rain certainly isn't).

Besides, I just put it down to queer magnetism, a like totally true scientific theory that LGBTQ people attract and are swept together by quantum forces ... really!

;-)
@LOVESIT:

I said I didn't want to deflate any drama and I'm not sure it would if Maria was to finally stand up to the school, Father Quenton and her parents and tell them just what to do with their attempts to control her and Rudy's lives.
@Minim:

Yes, of course. It's not enough to have rights, you have to know you have them, be prepared for the consequences of asserting them and have the courage to go forward even though everything in your life may change if you do assert them. And suddenly having to support yourself on your own is certainly extremely scary. On the other hand, given her situation at home, it's quite likely Maria has at least thought about the possibility.

As to the resources to sue, there are any number of organizations that will help young LGBT people fight against conversion "therapy" and other abuses. Also, if the prospects of winning a money judgment are reasonably good, private attorneys will take a case on what is known as a "contingency fee," where they are paid out of the judgment only if the case is won.

I'm not saying any of these are the best option or what anyone in Maria's situation should do, I was just pointing out some of the possibilities given her situation and the law.
@Kalciphoz:

Quite true but not only restraining her but transporting her against her will to some other location to make it harder for her to free herself goes beyond a mere civil action and she could justifiably seek to have all involved prosecuted for the crime of kidnapping.

Despite your rights, you can always be victimized by a crime. The consequences for the perpetrators increase dramatically [pun intended] too.
@LittleLynn84:

Not to deflate the drama or anything ... Maria is 18 years old. As an adult, the school had no right to try to detain her until her parents arrived. Indeed, if the school tried to physically restrain her, that would be "unlawful restraint," akin to kidnapping, and she could sue the school for it.
@LittleLynn84:

It just felt right to bring up after the last page.

You know, you don't have to justify your decisions as author to us. ;-)
@TranshumanAr:

I'm sure our esteemed host is well aware that someone who is just a bully wouldn't wait for Rudy to finish his speech. That suggests that we may be about to find out something about Todd and his behavior that takes him out of the category of mere bully.
@LittleLynn84:

Well ... getting Todd to beat him up might finally get Todd tossed ... especially if Chanel's parents have sicced a lawyer on the school. Painful but maybe effective ...
@LittleLynn84:

OK, so Maria and Emily haven't tumbled to the fact yet that, since Maria is 18, her father can't force her to go anywhere ... either back home or to any conversion camp. Of course, the parents of her friends might not want to get involved. Aunt Fara's job, given Father Quenton, might be on the line, as well as expulsion of the children of any parents who help Maria. For Father Quenton, in for one irrational decision, in for a pound of them ...