Wounded But Not Broken

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Posts about real school tragedy, crime and/or events can be upsetting.

Friday, April 20, 2018, will be 19 years since the mass school shooting at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado.

On that day, twelve students and one teacher were fatally wounded. Twenty students and one teacher were physically wounded and survived. Three more students were wounded while fleeing and also survived.

BLOG POST #154: This week, I’m sharing research on wounded but not broken, survivors of the Columbine High School Massacre.

The entire student body, staff, families, and the community all experienced a horrific event that day. Many continue to suffer from post-traumatic stress. Some people heal publicly—others heal privately.

It was lunchtime at the school. And it was a lovely April day in Colorado. Kids were outside on the lawn, inside the cafeteria, in the library… and then…

Twenty-One Wounded

Teacher, age 35. Hit by broken glass and shrapnel in the shoulder. Finished the school year and began the next school year. Unable to continue, she took a leave of absence. She no longer works at Columbine High School.

Student, age 18. Shot in the knee, shoulder, and foot. Maintains a low profile.

Student, age 18. Shot in the shoulder, hand, arms, and thigh. Maintains a low profile.

Student, age 18. Shot in the chest, arms, and abdomen. Friend next her was killed. Maintains a low profile.

Student, age 18. Shot in the knee. Went on to attend college, work in carpentry, and moved from Colorado.

Student, age 17. Shot in the shoulder, hand, and neck requiring tissue replacement. Became a registered nurse for a period. Now a public speaker. Married with four children.

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Give Them What They Want

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What teenager doesn’t want money? I know, that’s a silly question. But what will they do to get money? Most would be willing to do honest work. A few would be willing to do almost anything.

The school employee in this researched case gave willing teens what they wanted. Money.

BLOG POST #153: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific criminal case involving a human resources director.

On The Rise To Success

He’d worked in education for 16 years—a teacher for four years, assistant principal, and middle school principal. It was while he worked as a middle school principal he began a relationship with a male student that lasted almost five years.

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Teacher On A Criminal Path

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Children go to school blindly trusting they will receive an education and learn how to socialize. When a trusted school employee does something criminal, it’s heartbreaking to the adults who understand and confusing to the students who don’t.

BLOG POST #151: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific criminal case involving a second-grade teacher.

The second-grade teacher was a 47-year-old divorced mother of three living with two men, one of whom was on home detention for a previous crime. She’d been with the elementary school ten years.

Bad Influences

Following a tip, the local sheriff department dispatched deputies to the teacher’s home where they found drugs and paraphernalia.

The teacher’s housemates were arrested.

Upon finding the drugs at her home, additional deputies went to the elementary school where the teacher worked.

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Bully At The Top Of The Stairs

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Kids are mean. It’s a fact. I’m talking about bullies. Something has to be done to stop bullying. But what can be done?

Should schools deal with bullying when it occurs on school grounds? Should school be held liable when injuries result from bullying on school grounds?

BLOG POST #150: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific criminal case involving an elementary school bully.

Young Bully

The victim began being bullied in first grade. The bullying reached a dangerous level when the boy was in fourth grade.

To address budget cuts, many schools have reduced nonessential positions such as hall monitors. When schools have hall monitors, does that lower the incidents of bullying? It’s impossible to know. There weren’t hall monitors at the school in this case.

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Tantalizing Text Messages

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When anyone does anything risky or risqué using their cell phone, electronic device or computer they risk the world knowing about what they’ve done or said and worse.

Utilizing the internet means crossing many jurisdictions thereby becoming a federal issue and quite possibly a punishable crime. High school kids sharing sexually explicit photos can get into big-time trouble.

BLOG POST #149: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific criminal case involving a high school science teacher.

Only the ex-teacher, in this case, can answer the question—what was she thinking?!

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