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Updated: Jul 28, 2021

When I was in seventh grade, my Social Studies teacher, Mr. Long, asked the class, “Does anyone know what heroin is?”

I confidently raised my hand.

“A female hero.”

I wasn’t wrong. I also wasn’t right.

I had heard, “Does anyone know what a heroine is?”

… a female hero.

Because I was so embarrassed, I have no recollection as to why he was asking us about drugs.

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