Thursday, April 11, 2013

Sad News...

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.


  1. HUGS to you and your school family. That is awful news.

  2. Oh no! I'm sooooo sorry to hear that. I'll be thinking about you guys.
    Karen Rowland
    Adventures With Firsties

  3. That is tough. So very sorry to hear it. I hope it all gets cleaned up quickly and your children aren't too upset by it. Thinking of you:)
    First Grade Carousel

  4. How very sad and discouraging. :( Sending hugs your way!

    Read with Me ABC

  5. That is so sad! I'm glad to hear no one was hurt. Sending prayers and hugs to you.

    Owl About Us

  6. Thank you so much for all of your thoughts and prayers! We have now returned to school, although the scars are still there. We are doing well and I have noticed that we are able to come together as a school and community and encourage one another through this. I hope that the positive spirit continues!

  7. Oh no! That's so sad for so many reasons... I just emailed you.
    Take care,

    Whimsy Workshop