The violence my kids face everyday has become so commonplace, and I feel so
helpless. This week the kids have a 4-day weekend because of conferences, and
I'm praying they all come back on Mon. with their families intact. Last
Tues. I told my 1st graders that when they finished updating their portfolios
that they could put one last picture in it, if the wanted to draw something
that they were going to do over the long weekend. One tiny Mexican girl told
me in Spanish that her family wasn't going to do anything except take care of
their dad. This dense old lady from the 'burbs (me) asked her if he was sick.
Very matter-of-factly she told me not really, that he had been to a party on
Sat. and got shot in the stomach, but he was coming home on the weekend so
they could take care of him. Later when I was telling our behavior specialist
about it, she told me that another weekend shooting, which I had heard about,
involved the family of one of my 5th grade girls. Her Uncle had been the one
killed. Then to top this week off, there was another shooting last night
where 2 men were killed, both of them members of the family of one of my
fourth grade girls. Apparently in retaliation for the first killing. All
three families are involved in drugs and gangs; we're not just talking kid
gangs here. Yet, we teachers are constantly on the carpet for not getting
these kids prepared for the high stakes tests. I'm thinking it's a benchmark
that the even survive!!!
Nothing is logical anymore.
Susan in OR