Elora-Isabella Baird

As Interviewed by Star Wasson, March 20, 2011
"If this whole technological advance thing goes on for much longer, there won’t be a need to speak because people will be like me, depending on a computer for everyday conversations."
Elora-Isabella Baird

Introductory Profile:

My cousin, Elora Isabella Baird, suffers from dyslexia. Her dyslexia is mixed with another mental disorder that has yet to be diagnosed. These two illnesses have caused her line between fact and fiction to become blurred. She creates worlds in her head, and then they become real to her. She can hallucinate nearly anything.

Ellie was born deaf. Sadly, no one discovered it until she was nearly 5. She had already missed the window to learn speech before kindergarten. The secondary mental illness caused major seizures. These kept her from getting a cochlear implant. She got one when she was 7.

At age 8, she began attending a private school with a “no tolerance” level for bullying. She disliked it, so she was transferred to a small public school. Her parents had bought her a laptop so that she could type what she wanted to say. They pulled a lot of strings to get the teachers to allow it in the classroom.

In middle school, she faced hard times with the school’s bullies. There were no local “no tolerance for bullying” schools. She was placed in her neighborhood school, which was known for having large drug problems. She didn’t like it, but her father had just lost his job and they didn’t have the money to send her to any other school.

She ended middle school on a high note, being in the top 2% of her school. This allowed her to go to any high school, as long as she stayed there for all 4 years. She chose a small high school near a lake. It was peaceful, but only for so long. She became an easy target for the small population of bullies at Smith High School.

She is picked on just for being different. She never fights back, so they take advantage of her. They shove her into lockers and corner her in gym class. Her parents have complained, but the principal is too busy trying to reduce teen pregnancies to help her. She has become a master of hiding her emotions. She plays flute in her top band, and no one there suspects a thing. She tries so hard to ignore it, but knows that one day she will snap.

Because Ellie lives in London, I had to conduct the interview via email. It was hard to do this because I couldn’t see her emotions, so I had to ask her several times if sarcasm was used. It’s always better to communicate through real conversation, but technology will do when face to face conversation is impossible.