snowmansam wrote:I think with Stan it's more about finding a circle of people who share the same values and ethics; I'm not surprised at all to see him in politics. From my reading, the choices Stan made reflected an ethical system that didn't mesh with those of the people he hung out with in high school. I don't see his feeling "small" as exile or ostracism on the part of his former classmates, but more of a square peg / round hole problem. His choices made him a square peg and he no longer fits in.
On an unrelated note, I've seen it mentioned a few times that Belleville High School is a private school. From (re-)reading the archives, I never picked up that it was anything other than a public school (perhaps with more resources due to a wealthier tax base). Did I miss a reference? I do remember that Karen went to a different high school, which was private.
I think most of us originally based it on this comic. http://www.pennyandaggie.com/index.php?p=564 Rich mentions tuition money, which is usually a private school thing. And I think T has referred to it as a private school in his answers to things.