North Carolina student goes ‘undercover’ at another school — and gets disastrous results

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ASHEVILLE, N.C. — A North Carolina high school student went “undercover” as a student at another school – and got disastrous results.

The Asheville Citizen-Times recently published the story of Megan Cain and her senior project.

The Asheville student decided to transfer to another school for two weeks and dress like a “geek” to see what happens.

It was all part of a senior project at Erwin High School. She was allowed to continue most her original classes and lived with her grandfather at the time.

Cain said her new classmates did not respond well to her or her geeky attire.

The student described the meanness as “subtle,” including unfriendly looks, eyerolls and behind-the-back whispers. She said she kept her spirits up by texting friends back at home.

“I cried the first couple of nights and had to remind myself, ‘Megan, this isn’t your life,’” she said, according to the paper.

Cain said on the last day of school, she decided to be herself and dress how she normally would. She said she noticed a difference immediately.

She said a boy who sat next to her for two weeks even turned to her and asked if it was her first day.

Cain said the experience made her more sensitive to students who may feel left out. She graduated on Saturday and is headed to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in August.

Read Cain’s full story at The Asheville Citizen-Times.