There is no doubt that the teachers and staff at Sandy Hook Elementary deserve the status of heroes. They stayed with students, comforted them, protected them and shielded them from harms way. They acted as parents and protectors, giving children words of support and love even when they believed that the end was near. This was not part of their teaching contract, this was part of what they did for their students everyday, not just on December 14th: they were present, comforting, protective, supportive and loving. This is what teachers across America do for students each and every day.
You might wonder if your child’s teacher would have done the same and I can tell you that the answer to that is yes. It is unfortunate that it takes an event like the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary to remind all of us that teachers genuinely care for their students and that they often go well beyond the expectations of their contracts to provide students with a safe place to learn and grow. Far too often it has become acceptable to belittle the teaching profession and those who have chosen education as a way of life. I don’t think that anyone would consider belittling the teachers and staff at Sandy Hook today.
When you drop off your child at school tomorrow be confident that there will be someone there that consistently goes above and beyond for your child. A person who encourages them when they seem lost, comforts them when they hurt and listens to them when they need to be heard.
It is my hope that we remember those who lost their lives at Sandy Hook Elementary and that their memory serves as a reminder to appreciate those that care and comfort our children when we can’t.