Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Teaching through the Tragedies

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Teaching through the Tragedies

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On Thursday, Jan. 10, I arrived at work to find an email informing me that a student I taught last year had been murdered (Jan. 14, "Community Grieves"). This is the third former student that has died by violence who the second incident affecting my students in less than one calendar year. To say that this is hard is a gross understatement. Incidents like this are tragic on their own, and they also bring trauma to the surface for many of our students and staff.

In addition to the loss of our student, we had unsubstantiated threats to the safety of our school. In addition to our normal teaching duties, my colleagues and I spent a good portion of Jan. 10 and 11 checking in on one another and thinking about ways we would be able to protect our students if something did happen.

Sometimes, I wonder how long I will be able to this job. …

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