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Innocent Bystander

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This morning on the news one of the top stories was about a 12 year old boy who was shot in the back.  He was outside playing in the park near his house.  He is in critical condition.

Witnesses reported that a man shot at another man, missed him, and hit the 12 year old.

This happened around 7:30pm.  It is was daylight and chidren were outside playing.  This man had no regard about anything around him to shoot with people just standing around enjoying the evening.  And I am not, by any means, saying that he had a right to shoot at his target (some other man) in the first place.

The boy’s neighbors are outraged and so am I. 

My husband and I just had a serious conversation with Kierra about innocent bystanders getting hurt.  About two weeks ago Kierra went to a park after school to watch a fight.  No one knew where she was.  By accident she “told” on herself.  She was telling my husband about seeing her cousin at the park.  She told him why she was there and my husband was so upset.

He explained to her that she could have been seriously hurt by just being in the crowd.  Kids are not fighting with fists anymore.  They are carrying knives and guns around.  Not all kids–but just look at the news sometime.  There is always something going on in the news about kids stabbing or shooting each other.  And it’s all over the country.  Not just in some generalized “bad” location.

I am one of those overprotective parents.  Ian and Imani haven’t yet reached the age to go anywhere alone.  They could be hurt playing outside in our front yard.  We watch over them while they are playing.  But we are no match for a stray bullet.

Kierra is of age where she wants to hang out with her friends.  That’s what teenagers do.  We are constantly talking to her about doing the right things.  We encourge her to be a leader and not a follower.  But even with that, she could still be in harms way just by being an innocent bystander.  That goes for anyone. 

It just saddens me that this innocent child was hurt playing in the park by his house.

In the News

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Yesterday my senior class was featured on the local 6 and 11 o’clock evening news!  The broadcast was also on the station’s website.  It was such a neat experience and I was really pleased with my kids!

I received an email about 15 minutes before my class started from the district’s spokeperson informing me that a camera crew was headed my way.  They wanted to spotlight a teacher who was addressing the significance of Obama’s nomination.  Apparently somebody told them about me!

They are writing letters to the presidential candidates to persuade them to give attention to the issues that they feel are essential to their future.  This is a project sponsered by Google and the National Writing Project (I am a teacher-consultant for our local chapter).  The letters will be published on an online forum for all the world to see. 

Next week I have representatives from our state’s Republican and Democratic offices coming to present .  This will provide the students with more insight about each political party and allow them to write a more detailed and knowledgable letter.

I received many job well done calls, texts, and emails from friends, family, and former students who saw us on the news.  It was actually a pretty indepth segment.

However, only three of my colleagues commented on the story–the principal nor the vice principal was one of them!  Over the span of six years my students and I have been in the newspaper twice and covered on the news two times as well.  I have to say that this one was the best.  The reporter did a great job on this story. 

I am really proud of my students!