"Near top half" means he was in the bottom half. Sucks that at least half their class is completely failing, but that is a super click-batey way of phrasing his class placement.
Fathers be raysis and chit.A kid with 272 late or absent days isn't trying, mom. But it's easier to blame the school for junior's lack of ambition.
Where's his mentor you ask? When I was growing up the father was the mentor. He taught his kid what it meant to act like a man.
Let's face it. This mom never looked at a report card for 12 semesters. If she did, then she would know Einstein is falling behind. Go ahead and cry if it makes you feel better about your crappy parenting skills.
If mom's goal was for people to be sympathetic to her plight, she failed royally. I wonder how many people in Baltimore injured themselves when they did the forehead slap after reading this tale of dysfunction.