29 August 2007

Being a teacher is tough

Today was probably one of the toughest days of being a teacher that I have ever had. At 6:30am, walking into the school with another teacher, I learned that one of my former students (a graduate) was found on a footpath near the school, dead. He had been missing for a week. Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers as they go through a very traumatic time.

After lunch, I learned that another former student's(still in school) oldest baby was allegedly shaken to death by her youngest baby's father. {Yes, this is the reality...we have babies having babies.} This young lady is also going to have a difficult time dealing with the emotions of this terrible situation, so I ask that you keep her and her family in your thoughts and prayers as they grieve for their loss.

We (teachers) can never truly prepare our students for life in the real world, no matter how much we try. We cannot protect them from everything or everyone, but hopefully instill in them some skills to cope with situations/events that will happen to them along the journey that is life.


Melanie said...

That sounds terrible.

Melanie said...

(oops, hadn't finished yet!) I'm sorry that you and your students have to face all that -- what a rough start to the year!