The horrible tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary has every teacher and parent around the word heartbroken and silent in their grief.
Explaining the events to my own children was, to say the least, heart wrenching.
I struggled with whether or not I should tell them but they saw me crying constantly so how could I not?
My first grader took it as most 6 year olds would asking the question, "Do bad people like that live here too?" My husband answered best (because I was too choked up to) and said, "Good and bad people live everywhere but the good out number the bad."
My fourth grader covered her ears. Too much to take in for a 9 year old. We kept the conversation simple and said that someone had gone in to a school to hurt kids and that some did not make it. She wanted to know if he'd been arrested. She covered her ears when we told her he'd killed himself. Grief and horror, even for him.
They both wanted to know if the school did lockdown drills like ours does. I was finally able to talk and told her yes and the lockdown saved hundreds of little lives.
It makes me sad to live in a world where we have to train our teachers to hide the children and to train our children to hide.
It makes me angry that funding for education is a low priority and bonus pay is dangled in our faces.
Sadness and anger aside, I am proud to be a teacher. When my husband said the good out number the bad he was right. In that building 100% of the staff protected and cherished those children, some at the cost of their own lives.
I know my coworkers would do the same. Without hesitation, without regret. We are not motivated by bonus pay or summers off but something much more priceless. . . the children.
Thank you Erica Bohrer for sharing this with all of us!