Category Archives: Columbine

One teacher’s thoughts and observations.

Back to School After a Shooting

Between a conversation with a Marshall teacher last week and another with a mental health care worker in Parkland, it’s clear that teachers in schools recently affected by gun violence are thinking about going back to school. Some are contemplating … Continue reading

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To Arms?

Would I want to carry a gun in the classroom? I’ve been giving this some thought lately, in part because I’ve been answering this question for journalists, but more since I talked to my students about it Friday. With journalists, … Continue reading

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My Sometimes Solicited, Sometimes Unsolicited Advice

On Facebook, from friends with children going through the death of a beloved pet to fellow survivors facing the first anniversary of their shooting, I’m seeing all kinds of posts for how to get through the event. There’s lots of … Continue reading

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No Words, Only Sound

Forgive the rambling nature of this entry—the lack of a single, coherent thesis. I woke up this morning to the image of stricken young people. I didn’t know their faces, but I know that expression. I know that expression. Then … Continue reading

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Yes, More on White Privilege

I have vacillated between “there is enough blathering about race from people who haven’t really given it any thought, so there’s no need for me to add to the cacophony,” to “there is enough thoughtful commentary about race from thoughtful … Continue reading

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April

I have said in various ways at various times that one of the things I remember most right after the shootings was an intense desire to talk to someone else who’d been through it—someone from Jonesboro or West Paducah, one … Continue reading

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Sue Klebold on 20/20

It’s the end of a 4-day weekend, and the wind is blowing so hard that I know it’s not safe to be out and about, so what do I do? Watch Sue Klebold’s interview with Diane Sawyer. I have never … Continue reading

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Be fused and mingle, Diverse yet single…

I understand deep emotions and heated conflict over politics and social issues. I have those deep feelings, myself, and I engage in discourse with passion. I guess I prefer such heated emotions to apathy, which is the response that brings … Continue reading

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Truth Will Out

Somewhere around 10 or 10:30 at night on April 20, 1999, I got a phone call from a reporter.  I can’t remember whether it was the Denver Post or Rocky Mountain News.  It doesn’t really matter. I was watching TV, … Continue reading

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Anticipation…

As you may have noticed, I blog a lot about the Jeffco school board—the politics, the lack of respect for teacher and community input.  Sometimes, though, I think it’s best just to give readers insight into me, my classroom, what … Continue reading

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