How would you feel? A Teacher’s Concern.

The objective of this blog is to be all about the FISH! Philosophy and how to incorporate it into your life and classroom. This blog is suppose to ooze positivity and optimism, however, I’ll be honest…..tonight, it’s not.

How would you feel?

Last night there was a murder on the street right across from one of the schools that I teach at. The 33 year old man stabbed a 17 year old to death. This street many of my students (6th graders) live on and witnessed what happened. To make it worse, the murderer is the father of 2 of my Kindergarten students. 

How would you feel?

As a Family and Consumer Sciences teacher I am certified PK-12. I have taught/dealt with a lot of different types of students in grades K-12 and families in the inner city with all sorts of issues, however, this is something I cannot wrap my head around. I keep trying to tell myself that this is not my burden to bear, however, how do you not? How do you ignore the fact that “Daddy is a murderer”? How do you ignore the fact that maybe they even witnessed what happened? I worry that I will never see my 2 students again because they might relocate. I worry that I will never get the chance to remind them how special and talented they are. I worry that I will not be able to have the opportunity to teach them that there IS good in the world. 

How would you feel?

I am speechless.


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