On the morning of September 11th, the school secretary called my room to tell me that a parent was coming to pick up her son because of what had happened. "What has happened?" I asked. At that moment, I did not know the horror that had occurred - then my life, all of our lives, changed forever. As we all struggled through that first day - what to say and how to say it to our students, I kept things very simple (I had much younger students then). I told them that a terrible thing had happened and that people had died; they were going to see and hear many things on T.V. and that they needed to be with their parents when they watched it. I then asked them to remember that most of the people that they knew; most of the people in the world, were good people. I am reminding myself of that at this very moment.
Most of the people I know, most of the people in the world, are good people. My heart goes out to the families and community members of Newtown, Connecticut.