We are in danger.
We are in danger of always living in fear.
We are in danger of always living with stress.
We are in danger.
Today, I read Slice of Life posts to comment on and to get ideas.
I found this post:
But I wanted to be a teacher. I wanted to be on the front lines in the battle against ignorance. I wanted to help shape tomorrow’s good guys; to help students to make good decisions that will stick with them for the rest of their lives. I wanted to raise up tomorrow’s doctors, and to help create a new generation that will cry a little for the loss of an innocent life.
Somewhere, that got lost.
Somehow, our schools have become the front line of a war.
Read the post for an idea of how teachers feel today. They are powerful words I can identify with completely. If I were still teaching, and gun-carrying teachers came to my school, I’d have to change careers.
That’s all there is to it.
Where there are guns, there’s violence and stress.
I know people hunt. But we don’t hunt in schools.
I’m sorry this conversation has come to schools.
It focuses on fear and negative.
That is a dangerous climate to impose on schools.
It sets up a reminder in our minds of constant fear and negativity– instead of dealing with the children and adults who are hurting inside. A focus on the human beings who are hurting would be Christian, would be helpful, would be positive and begin to erase the stigma of mental illness. It would be positive and hopeful.
Positive and hopeful — an emphasis on helping people through difficult times, emotional stress, and stressful imbalances in their being.
We would notice and offer help — have systems and people in place to deal with the issues causing the pain. Compassion. Empathy. That would be helpful.
That would be positive and hopeful.
That’s the kind of world I want, not one where guns are considered an answer.
No– I choose to notice and help– to know that caring, noticing, relating and effective social services will enhance school climate; it will promote healthy attitudes and feelings that we all matter and we’ll help everyone be safe.
Hope. We all need hope.
Images by Sheri [deer / hope]
Geeky Gramma ~~
Retired Middle School Language Arts Teacher ~~
Writer and Thinker