DEAR MISS LONELYHEARTS: This is so weird, I hate writing it. My best friend lives in an apartment building next to a large creek with jogging paths, greenery and a children's park. We regularly walk past the park to get to and from her house, and we've found two creepy things. In the fall, she saw the head of a rabbit underneath a tree just off the footpath that looked too clean to have been the leftovers of another animal, as if someone had cut it off. This past week though, we found a dead bird that someone "displayed" underneath the same tree. They impaled both of it's wings on the barbs of the fence surrounding the trunk, and it's body was outstretched and surrounded by little flowers they strung around it. I just can't get the image of that bird out of my head, and I'm deeply disturbed that someone in our neighbourhood would do that.... I've watched enough Criminal Minds to know that most sociopaths start with animals, and I'm freaking out. We have photos, what can we do? -- Looking Over My Shoulder, Winnipeg
Dear Looking Over My Shoulder: Call the Winnipeg Humane Society first in case they have other reports to add to it that might lead them to someone. Also call police for the same reason. You don't know what cases they are working on and this kind of behaviour may add up with other incidents reported. If there's any way to apprehend this person living in your neighbourhood, you need to get it done in the interests of everyone's safety, including your own.
Dear Miss Lonelyhearts: I fell in love with a teacher during the school year and now she will be gone for the summer. I am broken-hearted with the thought. I looked forward to every day at school and got the best marks I have ever had because of loving her. The months that stretch ahead seem so interminably long. Would it be OK for me to phone her once in a while during the summer -- like just once a week and say hello and talk to her? I think I know how to get her number. -- Crazy About Her, Winnipeg
Dear Crazy: Sometimes it happens that students are infatuated with certain teachers. But, contacting her past school's end date would not be a good idea. Show you care by observing the distance that is appropriate with teachers during the summer months and try to get your social life refocused on other friends and possibly a girlfriend your age. Even if this teacher though you were an attractive young man, she couldn't be with in a romantic way or she could lose her job and be thrown out of her profession. As for making things easier on you, it'd be best if you didn't take another of her classes in the fall. Just seeing her in the halls would be stimulating enough for your romantic nature to have you distracted for a while.
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