During Ryan’s first year of high school, he failed every single one of his classes. He was told by his guidance counselor that he would have to repeat the ninth grade.
This news was bad, of course. But what made it worse was that there was nobody in Ryan’s life who cared that he was struggling so much.
Ryan spent most of his life with his mother. But she became addicted to drugs, and eventually lost custody of him. After that, Ryan was sent to stay with his dad, who he barely knew.
Life with his mom had been unpredictable. Sometimes she would disappear for days at a time, and other times she would bring strange men into their home to stay with them. When Ryan was sent to live with his father, he hoped things would be better.
Instead, Ryan was met with disappointment. His dad seemed to view him as an unwelcome guest.