I don't feel like this is the venue to discuss this tragedy, but I feel I would be remiss if I don't address it. My heart goes out to the families of all involved in Friday's tragic events. As a teacher, as a parent, as a human being, I am appalled by the travesty that has occurred. As you find your own way to cope, I hope that you can keep a few things in mind.
- Keep it classy, civil and tasteful. Many are using this event as an opportunity to get on their soap boxes and argue for whatever cause they believe in. Should you choose to do so, please keep things classy, civil and tasteful. Spewing hateful words towards others doesn't help anyone.
- Put yourself in the shoes of the family members. Before you hit that share button, ask yourself, "If this was my family member, would I want others to spread this around?"
- Check your sources. Misinformation about this event is spreading like wildfire. Before you post, repost or share, make sure the source is a trustworthy one.
For many of us teachers, returning to work afraid this tragedy will be especially difficult. Hug your students, cry with your coworkers, and remember that we do this for the children, in whatever capacity that may be.