What am I supposed to do?

I am just sort of writing out my feelings today…..so bear with me.

We all hear the stories in the news…gunmen at schools….another school shooting. You really don’t think about these things until they happen. Then everyone can’t stop talking about them. Whenever “another school shooting” happens it hits particularly close to home being a teacher. You stop to question and wonder if you are really making a difference. If you can make a difference. You start second guessing yourself. Did I make anyone feel alone today? Did I make sure that I smiled at every kid that walks through my door?

A constant question that is on everyone’s minds whenever a tragedy like this happens is
why didn’t anyone say anything? Why didn’t the parent, a teacher, a friend notice that this person was in pain? That they needed help and felt alone. Then the blame game starts. ______________ should have done this. ______________ should have known. It’s society. It’s kids these days. It’s video games.

I constantly start to question if I’m doing enough. You never want to be in a situation where you felt like you should do something but you don’t and then the unspeakable happens. But this is where I feel like I fall short.

What am I supposed to do?

The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing. ~Albert Einstein

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The reason I’m writing this is because I have two particular students that I feel are lost and alone. I don’t know what to do. I can’t break the barrier of communication with them. They won’t talk to me. I do everything I can to show them I am there, that I care. But I’m afraid it comes off contrived and fake. I genuinely DO care- but I honestly don’t know how to force a relationship with a student. If this student and I don’t normally talk and discuss things, it feels awkward to all of a sudden be all up in their business.

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So what then? Am I doing enough? It’s something that’s not sitting well with me. I know there are school professionals that are trained to handle these things and notifying them is something I also do- however sometimes I feel it gets pushed aside.

I am just one person. I can only do what I can do. I should feel satisfied with that- but I don’t. I’m not sure what I’m trying to prove here- just basically wanted to get this off my chest. I hope that in the long run people recognize the importance of helping others if you think they’re lost and alone. Even though you’re only one person- you never know who you might help.

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What actions do you think need to be taken to help the issue of school shootings?

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2 thoughts on “What am I supposed to do?

  1. Taryn

    I really appreciate you bringing this subject up. It’s always difficult to hear/read about the people who bring a gun to school who had all kinds of issues leading up to the incident. It’s hard to imagine that no one did anything about it, no one stopped the tragedy from occurring. Which is why what you’ve said is so important – it’s not necessarily easy to get any student to open up, but especially when the student WANTS to be closed off. I think the most you can do is continue to let the students know you’re there for them.. and maybe say something to the parents? I don’t know what’s considered crossing the line. All that aside, the fact that you’re concerned about these students who seem lost shows how lucky all of your students are to have you as a teacher!
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