San Bernardino School Shooting
Husband enters classroom
and an 8-year old student
before killing himself.
I do not want visitors
while I am teaching.
We protect and serve
that are presumed safe.
Students should know
that no one would hurt them
inside of school.
Teachers settle arguments
and stop fights between students.
Teachers diffuse anger
and never tolerate bullying.
Teachers prepare lessons
group students for special help
and sit with individual children
who need that one-to-one time.
Karen Elaine Smith’s student
had Williams Syndrome
and probably spent many days
at his teacher’s side.
Karen Elaine Smith
did not have a chance
to protect herself or her students
but I believe Jonathan felt safe
as he ascended to heaven shortly after her
while she assuredly led the way.
Teachers and students don’t need visitors.
A surgeon does not receive visitors in the O.R.
Visitors are prohibited from approaching judges’ benches
Athletes don’t welcome visitors in the middle of a game.
But we who provide education
for students who seek careers
as doctors, judges and athletes
open our doors
open our arms
open our hearts
and give welcoming smiles
completely unaware that our visitors
may be armed
may be dangerous
may be ready to die.
How would the office staff know
that a visitor intends harm?
If someone needs to talk to the teacher
during instructional time
it should be forbidden
for the sake of the children’s learning time
and out of respect for the teacher’s time.
It should be forbidden
to interrupt protected classrooms
where students believe they are safe
where teachers leave their personal issues inside their homes
where unsettled family problems are locked outside the gates
and where life’s lessons
that children come to school to learn
won’t be nightmares of their classmates and teachers
shot in their safe zone
by a visitor.
Rest in Peace Karen Elaine Smith and Jonathan Martinez