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Tomorrow (Thursday), the students and teachers of Sandy Hook Elementary School will be headed back to school. It will be nearly three weeks after the shooting rampage that killed 20 of their classmates and six of their teachers, and their principal. I couldn't imagine being a parent at this time, not only hearing the horrible news that there is a shooter at your kids' school, but then weeks later to have to put on the brave face and let them go back? How will the parents let go tomorrow? And is the fear actually greater for them than their children?
Educators are trying to make it an easy transition as the students are actually going back to a repurposed school in the neighboring town of Monroe, where their desks, backpacks and belongings have been moved. So their will be some familiarity, but they won't have to enter the building where they once heard gunshots.
How are parents and teachers going to handle what comes from heading back to school? I'm sure no one knows what to expect, and I don't think anyone could. They will just have to take it day by day, answer questions as they come, and try to focus on positive attention and energy as classes begin for the students who escaped death only to live with nightmares.
The students will be greeted by police officers at the door, and grief counselors at the hallway, as teachers and parents try to make their days as normal as possible for the children in the hardest of times.
The only thing left to say is my thoughts and prayers go out to everyone involved. My heart goes out to you.
Written By Faith Rinker B104