Thursday, April 11, 2013
I know that I just posted this morning, as it was scheduled, but I have had a rough day and feel like I need to tell about it. I woke up around midnight last night to find out that someone had set fire to the elementary school that I teach in. The good news: no one was hurt and it only really effected 3 classrooms, our gym, some of the cafeteria, and the auditorium. It could have been a lot worse! The sprinklers went off and the fire department showed up very quickly.
The bad news: they think it may have been former students from our school. This is SO frustrating! I realize that I teach in a low income school with a lot of students of low socioeconomic status. So many of our students are dealing with a lot of outside problems. They come with all sorts of problems from home, that they are trying to cope with. For most of our students, our school is a safe place. It is a place that they can go to get away from all of the other problems that they have to deal with. Now someone has taken that from them. Someone has taken that from me. The people that have done this to our school obviously have things they are also dealing with and I understand that. I just feel so frustrated because as a teacher, I feel as though I, and my colleagues, give so much of ourselves to our students. We love them, we care for them, we cry for them, we laugh with them. How could this happen? How could one of our own come back and do this to our school? The vandalism throughout the school was awful to see. It was heartbreaking.
I do hope that they catch the people that did this to our school, but I also hope that these kids realize what they have done. I hope that they realize how much they have hurt our teachers, our students, and our community. I worry about returning to school tomorrow and having to explain this to 20 six year olds. How do you explain to a 6 year old that someone wanted to hurt their school? My job can already be so heartbreaking and now even more so.