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(Fark)   Today somebody thought it would be funny to set off a bunch of fireworks behind the school where I teach. My students were terrified. I was terrified. Tomorrow is the last day and I don't know if I can bring myself to go   (fark.com) divider line
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2022-05-27 2:18:28 AM  
I wouldn't. Personal days are mental health days subby.
 
2022-05-27 2:42:47 AM  

cheap_thoughts: I wouldn't. Personal days are mental health days subby.


This. Personal days are personal days to use for whatever reason.

Like, the new season of Stranger Things premieres today.
 
2022-05-27 3:03:54 AM  
So I don't know shiat about edumacation. Only other zero-sum games.

But unless you have intel that your school's going to be targeted (in which case why the fark are you asking our drunk asses and not working with LEOs in conjunction with the IC) - the odds are 99.999% in your favor, and in your students favor. At least for next week.

You won't prevent the next shooting, but if enough of your students are paying attention, you might be able to find ways to make it unfashionable. And if it becomes sufficiently unfashionable, some lucky teacher (or, more likely, a student) a decade or two hence will never know they were the one who deterred what might have been the last one.

So let me offer this /r/wallstreetbets vs hedgefunds as an allegory:

GME Hype video
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Do the educational equivalent of what this did for a bunch of GME apes in July 2021.

Show up.

Say you're not leaving.

Tell the kids you're not farkin' leavin'.

And that neither should they.
 
2022-05-27 5:07:23 AM  
See a counselor
 
2022-05-27 6:02:31 AM  
One thing is for sure.... You can't rely on the police to do anything about it.
 
2022-05-27 6:39:14 AM  
I can't imagine how terrifying this must all be for teachers and staff, let alone children.

I am sorry you are experiencing this.

Another vote for a mental health day. You absolutely deserve it.
 
2022-05-27 6:53:53 AM  
I cannot begin to imagine the raw emotions of people on the front line in this insane, unacknowledged war. Don't go. Keep yourself safe in whatever way you can. Nobody deserves to live this way.
 
2022-05-27 7:09:51 AM  

cretinbob: See a counselor


Based on my personal experience, a useful school counselor is rarer than a school shooting during the pandemic.
 
2022-05-27 7:13:05 AM  
I feel you here.  The new American dream is to flee the country.
 
2022-05-27 7:19:14 AM  
My cousin's a teacher. The constant stress is real and damn near war fatiguing:
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2022-05-27 7:22:40 AM  
Small price to pay for freedom.

/sadly this is what most americans believe.
//wife is a teacher so my sympathies.
 
2022-05-27 8:21:21 AM  

Circusdog320: One thing is for sure.... You can't rely on the police to do anything about it.


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2022-05-27 8:29:14 AM  
Scene: Cops outside elementary school 40 minutes into a mass shooting; killer still inside

"Officer Jenkins to dispatch, do you have a good guy with a gun you can send? There's a lot of children dying over here."

"Negative officer. There are no good guys with guns around here. But the bat signal will be deployed once it gets dark."
 
2022-05-27 8:42:37 AM  
The only bright spot is if the kid met with Gritty soon afterwards.
 
2022-05-27 8:46:10 AM  
Subby, if you live your life focusing on the extreme outlier chances you will be nothing more than an empty shell of a human being in a few years because of all the darkness you let eat you up.

The reason you are so on edge right now is the same as a person who was almost in a massive wreck when they are driving again. The event was extremely recent and close to you so it feels like its going to happen again. Over time the edge will fade away and things will go back to normal. Right now what will help the most is talking to someone who can help you understand that you are more likely to be struck by lightning twice in one day than you are to be in a school shooting. Thats professionals, parents or spouses.

And if you dont already have one, start a journal to just write out the things that you are feeling. It will be hugely helpful to you and whoever you talk to because it will get it out of your mind and it will be easier for them to have a record to read instead of having you try and explain something you might not be able to put words to at that moment.
 
2022-05-27 8:56:28 AM  

lifeslammer: Subby, if you live your life focusing on the extreme outlier chances you will be nothing more than an empty shell of a human being in a few years because of all the darkness you let eat you up.

The reason you are so on edge right now is the same as a person who was almost in a massive wreck when they are driving again. The event was extremely recent and close to you so it feels like its going to happen again. Over time the edge will fade away and things will go back to normal. Right now what will help the most is talking to someone who can help you understand that you are more likely to be struck by lightning twice in one day than you are to be in a school shooting. Thats professionals, parents or spouses.

And if you dont already have one, start a journal to just write out the things that you are feeling. It will be hugely helpful to you and whoever you talk to because it will get it out of your mind and it will be easier for them to have a record to read instead of having you try and explain something you might not be able to put words to at that moment.


I'm of the not insane opinion that this is normal and normal sucks. The fact that we refuse to do a single goddamn thing about this easily solvable problem is infinitely farking infuriating.

"The odds are low."

Not good enough. The odds should be farking nil. Nil.
 
2022-05-27 9:04:14 AM  

capt.snicklefritz: I'm of the not insane opinion that this is normal and normal sucks. The fact that we refuse to do a single goddamn thing about this easily solvable problem is infinitely farking infuriating.


Sharon?

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2022-05-27 9:56:02 AM  
Won't someone think of the guns?!
 
2022-05-27 9:57:34 AM  

lifeslammer: Subby, if you live your life focusing on the extreme outlier chances


It's not an "extreme" outlier, unfortunately.

Deaths by school shootings per million are 32.74. By comparison, being struck by lightning is 2 per million.

In the category of "All races and origins, male, 65 years and over" dying of diabetes is 33 per million.

Which heavily implies that school shootings are worse than the beetus.
 
2022-05-27 11:31:58 AM  

lifeslammer: Subby, if you live your life focusing on the extreme outlier chances you will be nothing more than an empty shell of a human being in a few years because of all the darkness you let eat you up.


Yeah, maybe back off. I'll bet gun-related incidents at school aren't less common than fireworks incidents at school. And anyway:

Goldstick, Jason E, Rebecca M Cunningham & Patrick M Carter, "Current Causes of Death in Children and Adolescents in the United States" (2022) 386:20 New England Journal of Medicine, online: <https://doi.org/10.1056/NEJMc2201761>.


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2022-05-27 12:30:09 PM  
The best thing about all this, as a parent?  Having your kid ask you before going to bed, "Why is there so much hate in the world?"

Yeah.  That's just the best.
 
2022-05-27 12:43:28 PM  
I would go. I'm a Columbine grad who spent my entire teaching career (which, granted, I don't currently do) in a state of hyperawareness. Every semester, the first week prep included my personal armed gunman plan for each classroom I was assigned. It starts out exhausting, but then you sort of terrifyingly get used to it.

Because it's so exhausting, I understand why it would be completely overwhelming at the end of the school year, and how helpless you must feel. You know that ultimately you can't really keep your students safe. But just one more day? I don't know how old your students are, and I really don't know how many of them are even going to show up after that experience. But it might help that feeling of helplessness if you take control of what power you do have - which is to be physically present for kids who have absolutely no understanding of what normalcy looks like any more, and at least give the appearance of stability.

Of course, if you end up having a panic attack in your car, don't go. Screw it.
 
2022-05-27 2:19:09 PM  
So, you're saying your room is available for a "substitute" teacher?
 
2022-05-28 4:08:25 PM  

Marcus Aurelius: I feel you here.  The new American dream is to flee the country.


Fark should have a Comment of the Year. I'd vote for this one.
 
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