Though Sunday is drawing to a close, nothing that I have read or heard has lessened the shock of Friday's tragic news. I don't know a single parent, teacher, or anyone who works with children that has fully digested the magnitude of the event. I've spent my weekend torn between thinking of my students, thinking of ways to make my classroom safer, cabinets I could clean out to hide students in any potential situation.... There has been a lot about the Sandy Hook tragedy floating around Facebook, more than I could handle. Among them, one stood out to me so I'm reposting it here.
Additionally, my friend Tamara posted a beautiful tribute to those lost in the tragic event. I, like her, am one who lives in a somewhat protective bubble. Being at school all day Friday prevented me from learning of the news until dinner time. And that message was delivered via Facebook, as I don't watch the news, and no longer read the newspaper- print or electronic. I just can't stomach all the horrible things that the news seems to pick up on and sensationalize. Why can't we spend as much time and energy on sharing good news as we do on bad?
Charlotte Bacon, age 6 Daniel Barden, age 7
Olivia Engel, age 6 Josephine Gay, age 7
Ana Marquez-Greene, age 6 Dylan Hockley, age 6
Madeline Hsu, age 6 Catherine Hubbard, age 6
Chase Kowalski, age 7 Jesse Lewis, age 6
James Mattiolo, age 6 Grace McDonnell, age 7
Emilie Parker, age 6 Jack Pinto, age 6
Noah Pozner, age 6 Caroline Previdi, age 6
Jessica Rekos, age 6 Avielle Richman, age 6
Benjamin Wheeler, age 6 Allison Wyatt, age 6
Rachel Davino, age 29 Dawn Hochsprung, age 47
Lauren Russeau, age 29 Anne Marie Murphy, age 52
Mary Sherlach, age 56 Victoria Soto, age 27*
*She hid students in cabinets and closets, telling the gunman they were in the gym. While her life was not spared, all of her student's lives were.