Please wear Green and White ON MONDAY DEC. 17 to Honor Sandy Hook
Garth and I would like to take a moment to offer our prayers and thoughts to all of those affected by the actions in Connecticut today and also those that have ever been affected by school violence. It was only ten months ago that my district became the center of international news when violence found its way into our high school. My students were Skyping with Garth's students prior to our lock-down. The emotional toll of that day can still be felt in my building and around the district. I look twice at people in my building I do not know, we hug kids before long weekends and breaks and we cut each other a little extra slack when the emotion of teaching gets to us.
PLEASE take a moment to send cards, letters, gifts, Tweets, and FB posts to the members of Newtown Connecticut. Our teachers still receive cards and my Teddy Bear gift still keeps watch over my students. You have no idea how helpful to the healing process all of the love we felt from the country was to our students and staff. I was home sick today, but the minute I checked my Twitter-feed, I was instantly taken back to that day last February. School will never be the same for those teachers, students, administrators and parents.
Sandy Hook Elementary School
12 Dickinson Dr
Sandy Hook, CT 06482-1298
Now is not the time to place blame; it isn't about gun control, school security, or mental illness. Leave the speculation and fact-gathering to those trained to deal with it. Our role is now one of support and love for those needlessly murdered and (perhaps more importantly) those who remain alive to deal with this event. Please do not forget the first-responders, firefighters, paramedics, EMTs, police, etc that also must deal with today's events. It is their job to care for those children and teachers. They ran into that building while others where running out. Our local police did not hesitate to enter our high school to help protect the lives of our students. Hug your kids tonight!!