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Fri Dec 14, 2012, 06:59 PM

A Teacher's Perspective on the Shooting. [View all]

I make lesson plans. Cut out art projects. Draw up worksheets and make plans for art, writing, math.

I also make plans for a shooter. I know every nook and cranny in my school. I know where the shooter will come from. I've played it out in my head late at night when i can't sleep. My classroom door has a glass window. That window has given me nightmares.

To the left of my door I have an 8 foot long table. It is freakishly thick and I can barely pick it up by myself. It is in a stupid spot. I've never told anyone it is there because I need something thick to block the window. On the right side of the door is a gigantic 9 foot metal shelf that, again, I can barely move. It is an old-style chunk of American steel, the type of which you just don't see anymore. With two pivots the shelf fits right in between the table legs. Shoved in tight it will hold the table in place.

But here's the kicker. Our doors open out. So, once the window is broken they can reach in and open the door. :0( So my place is at the bottom of the shelf, sitting and pushing to try to make sure nothing can get in. And in my mind, that's where I stay, blocking the way with my body, hopefully my live body.

And that's part of modern teaching. Preparing for the unthinkable. Picturing it in your mind when you don't want to or on days like today.

A teacher has an inner oath. I've got your kid for the day, I'll take good care and make sure he gets home safe.

There is nothing more sacred to me in the world. And that includes myself.

Peace to you on this terrible day.

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