This isn’t exactly a NEWS story but it’s a story full of goodness and hope. I found it as public Facebook post belonging to a high school teacher who I do not know personally. I hope she doesn’t mind me sharing it here. (It had over 13, 000 fb shares.) Her story made me cry in the best way.
“Today was really hard for me. Today was the first time I had to teach the day after a mass school shooting. I dreaded facing my students this morning, and as the first students walked in, I began to feel the anxiety pooling in my stomach. I was dreading one, specific question. Soon after class began, a freshman asked me the question I had been dreading since I had heard about the tragedy in Florida.
“Mrs. Schimmoeller,” she asked. “What will we do if a shooter comes in your room?”
My stomach sank. I launched into my pre-planned speech about our plan of action. Then, I knew I had to say the harder part: “I want you to know that I care deeply about each and every one of you and that I will do everything I can to protect you. But – being in a wheelchair, I will not be able to protect you the way an able-bodied teacher will. And if there is a chance for you to escape, I want you to go. Do not worry about me. Your safety is my number one priority.”
Slowly, quietly, as the words I had said sunk in, another student raised their hand. She said, “Mrs. Schimmoeller, we already talked about it. If anything happens, we are going to carry you.”
I lost it. With tears in my eyes as I type this, I want my friends and family to know that I understand that it is hard to find the good in the world, especially after a tragedy like the one that we have watched unfold, but there is good. True goodness. It was found in the hearts of my students today.”
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February 20, 2018 at 3:07 am
Wonderful response, but we all know this should not be exercising the schoolroom
February 20, 2018 at 9:03 am
You are right, Derrick. It’s sad and wrong that they have to worry about this.
February 20, 2018 at 10:59 am
After reading I have tears in my eyes, too. Thank you for sharing this story with us.
February 20, 2018 at 8:30 pm
I felt compelled to share it. Thank you for reading.
February 20, 2018 at 11:07 pm
Yes! Students, children and teens are caring for each other and wishing the world would change, too. This was such a very nice story of students who are open and caring. ❤️
February 21, 2018 at 5:27 pm
Thanks, Robin. I wish they didn’t have to think about these things, but I am inspired by the caring.
March 20, 2018 at 12:19 pm
Interesting, thanks 🙂
March 20, 2018 at 5:54 pm
You are very welcome.
March 20, 2018 at 6:05 pm
Thank you for your comment. I tried to comment on your Chernobyl art post but was unable to do so. So here it is: Beautiful art! The fact that it’s in a place of devastation makes it even more beautiful. I recently shared a story about people trying to help the dogs left behind in Chernobyl: https://joannaoftheforest.wordpress.com/2018/03/13/for-the-dogs-two-stories-of-compassion/