Newell: A teacher and mom writes a touching letter

Newell Normand
Friday, February 23rd

Newell reads a letter from a mom who talks about protecting her family and her students.

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There's been a lot of chatter about arming teachers and there was an interesting letter by a teacher and I'm gonna read it did and setting up into the next half hour because I think it's pretty profound which he says I don't agree with everything but teacher at a Richmond Virginia she says. Dear every elected official nowhere in my contract as it states that if the need arises I have to she'll students from gunfire with my own body if it did. I wouldn't have signed it. I love my job I love my students I am also a mother with two amazing daughters and the wife of a wonderful man I have a dog that I adore. I don't want to do or die defending other people's children I want to teach kindness and responsibility. And art history. That's what I'm supposed to do each day. Blocking bullets and I'm not supposed to do that I imagine that if someone was trying to kill my students that I would try to save them with all my being. I probably would jump on top of a child to save her life and yes I might be one of those who wrote teachers at the media rights tributes to. After their death. But I am furious. That I would have to make this sacrifice. I am incensed that my own children and lose their mother because I choose to be a teacher. I choose to be a teacher knowing that on most days I would not be able to use the bathroom until 4 PM. I chose teaching knowing that I would be grating papers all we can and working far beyond the hours of my contract. I chose to teach even though it meant that I would miss every awards assembly and field trip that my daughters asked me to a ten. I even signed a descent and a counsel's office with a teenager on my lap. Holding her she sought to ending anxiety attack. I signed up to ask a child if they were considering committing suicide and then re laying this terrifying information to a parent. It seems like a lot to agree to but truly I knew what I was getting into. I did not signed up to be ripped apart by a spray of bullets that came from the semi auto rifle at the end in my teaching contract it says that I will perform other duties to be assigned. I do not interpret those words as bleeding to death on the floor in my classroom. The anger that courses through my body after a school shooting in this country is accompanied by pure panic. I'm terrified of my own children dying in school first and foremost. But I'm also terrified that the responsibility that sits on my shoulders as a teacher is far greater than I can rationally accept. On back to school night I looked out in cases of parents in front of me as we silently make a pact. I'm giving you the most precious part of me with the knowledge that you will shield my child's body from your own when the need arises. They say this with their eyes I agreed to the responsibility and make a silent unbreakable oath before them. As I am telling them about the 20000 years global history that I will be taking their child I'm also agreeing to die. And when I'm apparent place in my daughter's school I'm doing the same thing. I'm furious. How dare you forced me to choose between my own children and those achieve each. How dare you allow powerful adults who love guns to be more important than a generation of children grown up in fear. I don't want to spend mornings and memorizing my children's clothing so I can identify them later. I don't wanna spend professional development hours learning about how to save lives won back to school night a look at the graces of the parents and for enemy it was. As we silently make a pact I'm giving you the most precious part of me with the knowledge that you will shield my child's body with your own when the need arises. They say this with their allies. I agreed to this responsibility. And make a silent unbreakable oath before them as I am telling them about the 20000 years of global art history. That I will be teaching their child. I am also agreeing to die when I'm in the parents place my daughter's school I'm asking the same of her teacher. This teacher may end up being the only thing blocking a bullet aimed for my daughter's head. I am furious. How dare you forced me to choose between my own children and those that I teach. Again you're allow powerful adults who love guns to be more important than a generation of children growing up in fear. I don't want to spend morning's memorizing my children's clothing so I can identify them later. I don't wanna spend professional development hours learning how to save a few more lives by setting up barricades. Sometimes. When a kid is driving me crazy and class. I think to myself. What I'd die for you. When I lose everything to save you from harm. I have my moments when I shake my head no. Instead of making dead teachers and to saints. Make them safer when they are still alive. Make it possible for schools to have smaller class sizes so that we can get to know our students and look out for the ones who need help. Hire more counselors and school nurses and social workers and psychologists. So that many people are caring for each child. Help us prevent this. Take away guns from the people who all murders. Stop taking money from the NRA improving health soul if you are keep us safe so I can do my job. How dare you put me into the constant danger so that you can be reelected. How dare you make me choose between saving children are making my own children model us. How dare you make me into a hero. When all want to do. Is teach. In our read that letter a couple of times I was very moved by some of the the dilemma. That teachers find themselves and and and attacks on you know get people that are saying that you know this is no different than being in a grocery store come on drilling. Group the grocery store operator doesn't have the the obligation of the safety and security of children talking about no or Sri school. You know 234. Year old all the way up. To eighteen or nineteen Urals it's not the same. And that's why I put on the opinion poll. Do you believe we should improve security on our school campuses before we get the ball down and mired in his talk about gun control. 72% of the respondents say yes. This is the low hanging fruit of moving this from soft targets so hard targets. Without even having to deal with this philosophical constitutional. Second Amendment right. Right now that we've been arguing about forever and a day. This is the stuff that's really. Right there on the horizon. Achievable. And attainable. Right now. You just heard governor Rick Scott on the news. He's gonna make it mandatory that they have all armed guards and armed police officers in every school campus. In Florida. The momentum of these kids are god in other same. Old bush said enough after 9/11 he would either with this or against us and now you criticized in the kids. If it's a little bit different then when we're trying to talked about going to our political process internally. That was a message that he was sending external. There is a distinction albeit not too terribly different but there is a distinction. And once again we are gonna let. The clothing of the party dictating determine where we are going to be one this issue and I don't know about you. But when it comes to my kids. I do not want that to free can happen. And I think that is this scene. Attitude that I'm hearing. Across the electorate in this country.
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