Tagged with school violence

School Terrorism

Sometimes you can’t write about something while it’s happening or right after it happens because it’s too close, too present. Even after the event is over, it lingers around you and then on you like the smoke of a stolen cigarette while out one night. Even once that fades, this thing bounces around in the … Continue reading

The Choices Teachers Make

The Choices Teachers Make

It would probably not surprise you to know that I have always had a planned evacuation route from my classroom should there be a school shooting. I had one in the middle school where I worked for one year, the high school where I worked for ten years, and I have one for the community … Continue reading

School is Sacred

On the first day of the spring semester, my second year teaching, I saw my first violent fight. It was an unusual fight in that it was unprompted by the prologue of, “Son, son…” and muscular chests popping out like proud roosters while necks reached forward to beckon the first punch. Instead, Dennis got up … Continue reading

Eyes Wide Shut: On NOT Seeing Bullying

Eyes Wide Shut: On NOT Seeing Bullying

My last two conference presentations as a fledgling academic have been variations of the same topic: How do we teach about bullying in high school English classrooms to get students to think more critically about this topic? Bullying has been at the forefront of the media, and it was very much a part of my … Continue reading