Teaching

Recognizing Troubled Students…Diane Sawyer’s Interview and Reminders

I watched the exclusive interview led by Diane Sawyer on Friday, February 12, 2016. It was entitled “Silence Broken: A Mother’s Reckoning” and involved Sue Klebold, the mother of one of the shooters at Columbine.

I remember the day and following weeks after this horrific incident occurred.  In the next years following, I joined many teachers who attended inservice presentations related to Columbine.  The intentions of the presenters…to educate and motivate teachers to be more observant and involved when it came to identifying students who may be troubled. We were learning from what happened at Columbine and affirming we would do all we could to prevent such a massacre occurring again.  We were committing to helping students who were troubled.

After watching Sawyer’s interview last night, I am once again, as a retired teacher now, inspired to encourage teachers, parents, community members, and students to be ever vigilant in situations that might arouse questions regarding another child’s/teenager’s questionable behaviors.

I am posting the link to the interview site which includes other links that could be helpful regarding prevention of any future violence in schools that could occur.  Please share your ideas…possible programs your schools have implemented…and links to helpful sites that support prevention of school violence.

Diane Sawyer’s Interview

 

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