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Open Phones: Talking about Newtown in School

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

School photos, classroom, hallway, welcome sign (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

Teachers, principals, guidance counselors, administrators and other educators: how have you been dealing with talking about the Newtown shooting with students? What are you telling kids of different ages? How are your students handling it, and how have you been handling it? Call in to 212-433-9692 or post below.

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Comments [3]

Caryn Starr-Gates from Fair Lawn, NJ

Mr. Lehrer was talking to the union rep for the school safety officers and he said that Christmas was perhaps forever broken for the affected families in Newtown, Conn. I completely agree. But we should all remember that two Jewish children were murdered that day -- the 7th day of Chanukah -- and their families will forever have to light a yahrzeit/memorial candle next to their menorahs, a terrible, painful reminder of the day the lights went out in their lives and perpetually marred any Chanukah celebration thereafter.

Dec. 26 2012 02:17 PM

was young adam bullied at school?

Dec. 26 2012 10:52 AM
Rooney from Brooklyn, NY

With my NYC high school students, I have been emphasizing that this is a result of how we, as a society, no longer look after each other well enough to notice and care for people who are mentally ill and how the massive inadequacies of our current health care system facilitate this lapse. I also urge my students to have compassion not only for the victims, of course, but also for Adam Lanza and his family, who were (are) clearly suffering. My school did observe a moment of silence last week. My students don't quite know what to make of it all just yet. I'm planning to have students read various articles and discuss the situation in greater detail in January.

Dec. 26 2012 10:51 AM

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