Category Archives: Columbine

One teacher’s thoughts and observations.

My Heroes

During the summer, my church has congregants speak in the pulpit about a summer theme. Last year was North Stars, the things that guide us. This year is heroes, and our minister asked me to speak this morning. I’m posting … Continue reading

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Fraying at the Edges

It’s getting warm; the 20th anniversary is coming and tension around that is filling the ether that holds the social media universe suspended, more so than most anniversaries. I wake up feeling anxious. I cry at the drop of a … Continue reading

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Not-So-Happy Anniversaries

Having visited and bonded with survivors at Marshall County High School and Marjory Stoneman Douglas, I am seeing more and more posts about the upcoming first anniversaries of their school shootings. I see a marked difference between posts of people … Continue reading

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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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