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RE: Bowl. Columbine!


From: Lawrence A. Parker (occti_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Fri Nov 22 2002 - 05:05:15 PST

This is all in Oregon?!!! I would've never imagined!

Lawrence A. Parker

Philosopher and Educational Consultant


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Sent: Friday, November 22, 2002 2:47 AM
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Subject: Re:Bowl. Columbine!

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
Nothing is logical anymore.
Susan in OR ---