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From Teaching to Triage

A reflection on gun violence

I remember that day very vividly. December 14, 2012. I was nearly 3000 miles away, but there is something about being in a school when news of a school shooting breaks that can create an uneasiness that sticks in your memory. I was teaching sixth-grade mathematics and I remember we didn’t have regular class that day- how could we? We spent the day reading the news, watching reports, attempting to answer students’ unanswerable questions. The thing about the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting is that not only was it was the deadliest school shooting in our nation’s history, but most of the victims were 6- and 7-years old. 

An article that interviewed survivors of the Columbine school shooting that occurred April 20, 1999, stated that “since Columbine, there has been an average of 10 shootings per year in American schools.” As someone who has spent all of my life in school in some capacity, this resonates with me. Students and teachers shouldn’t have to be afraid to go to school or work. 

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