Last Friday was my last day of conferences that had been rescheduled due to Hurricane Sandy. It was a half day. Early in the morning I received a text by my daughter stating that there had been a shooting at a nearby school where I had once worked. My students were in my class and I remained composed. My mind was thinking maybe a domestic dispute.
During lunch, shortly before school ended the facts came to light and teachers huddled together trying to make sense of it all. Conferences continued as planned. Parents came in and I scanned parent’s faces to see if they knew anything and waited to see if they would mention anything, but there was nothing. I maintained composure.
I was thankful that the weekend would allow me to work through my emotions. I had lived in Sandy Hook and in Newtown. I now live in a town that borders Newtown.
Monday arrived with an early morning faculty meeting to discuss how we would assure our children that they were safe. It was soon cancelled when we got a message that a suspicious man was seen in the district with a possible gun. A partial lockdown was enacted as the students arrived. The lockdown lasted for over three hours.
Feelings: Numbness, Shock, Sadness, Horror Love, Caring, United, Committed
I strongly believe that the positive emotions will heal the negative feelings and we will overcome the evil that has come upon us.