I know a teacher who was asked to speak to her junior high students in the aftermath of the shooting. She explained to the kids that she understood the distress surrounding the tragedy and she also told them she understood that there had been so many shootings that some kids may not have any feelings at all. She went further and told them she didn’t know what she’d be able to do for them if they were attacked, that she was not sure she’d be able to protect them because she hadn’t been trained to do that. Her remarks were honest.
The kids told their parents, two parents complained, now she’s out on non-disciplinary administrative leave forced to see a psychiatrist because the administration has determined that she is overwhelmed. I’d be overwhelmed too if I were expected to protect anyone while we were under siege because I have a desk job. I am not a marine and I don’t get combat pay.
If I were a teacher and we were attacked I’d be out the window, “Follow me kids, run AWAY!”
Overwhelmed is the new scared shitless.