We lost a student...I'm torn up.

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  1. linswin23

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    Today one of our students was tragically killed in a car accident. He was on the way to his bus stop and got hit. We got word that he died this afternoon and then made formal announcements.

    I did not have the student, but I am feeling the loss. Just the fact that he was 14 is so tragic. My 9th grade kids were so upset and seeing them affected by this is so sad. I'm also thinking about the parents and how hard this is going to be for them.

    Our school has only been open for 5 years and this is the first tragedy we've had.

    My 7th graders who didn't know the student were making cards and signs saying, "In Memory." I was touched at how they were trying to do something about the situation even though they didn't know the student.

    This is so sad.
     
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  3. JustMe

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    How, how horrible. :(
     
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    I'm sorry lin. =[
     
  5. Tasha

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    I'm so sorry, many prayers for you and your community.
     
  6. smalltowngal

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    :hugs: I am so sorry.
     
  7. czacza

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    Prayers to your school.:hugs:
     
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    :hugs: I'm so sorry!
     
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    Thoughts and prayers for your school.
     
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    I'm so sorry. How terrible.
     
  11. stargirl

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    So sad.
     
  12. ChemTeachBHS

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    I'm so sorry for your lose. Unfortunately I know all too well what you're going through as I lost a student 2 years ago. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your school.
     
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    It's so hard on the entire school...thanks for all the thoughts and prayers, everyone!
     
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    I am so sorry for your loss. This will be hard for the entire school for months to come. I hope you have lots of support and the kids are given lots of opportunties to express their grief. That is an age that can rock kids because they suddenly realize they aren't immortal. It can be hard.
     
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    So sad. Is there a way you can memorialize this boy? Perhaps a tree planting in the spring?
     
  16. GemStone

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    I am so very sorry to hear that.
     
  17. Aliceacc

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    I'm so sorry.

    I've been in those shoes, and they're the absolute worst part of our profession.
     
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    So sorry.
     
  19. ChristyF

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    Losing a student is the hardest thing a teacher can go through. I've lost 4 in 15 years. I know how your heart feels right now. My prayers go out for you and all that knew and loved him.
     
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    I'm so sorry.
     
  21. linswin23

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    Thanks for all the kind words, everyone. I'm kind of dreading school today...but I'm going to press on and be there for my colleagues and students who need support. It's going to be an emotionally exhausting day for all of us, but I know we can get through it. Today we are all wearing blue--the favorite color of the student we lost.
     
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    Oh, so sorry. The day we lost a student in a car accident was and is the worst day of my teaching career.
     
  23. amakaye

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    I am very sorry, linswin.

    We lost a student a few years ago (she was actually in the class I have now). It is very hard on everybody, even those who did not know the student personally. Hugs and prayers to all of you.
     
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    We had a girl die last year for much different reasons. Her brother still goes to our school. On her birthday last year, he got on the intercom and said Happy Birthday to her. He also said a little bit about her favorite things, etc. Talk about crying like a baby.
     
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    Sorry to hear that.
     
  26. linswin23

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    Thanks for all the support, everyone. We had a memorial for him yesterday at school and it was truly beautiful--we did a balloon release and it was very touching.
     

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