School teachers have enough responsibility


first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionAs our children bleed out, bones shattered on classroom floors, as families live with jagged holes left by lives cut short or barely lived, I refuse to be the shoulders onto which you pass the buck.I will do my job and more. I will knit mittens for tiny fingers that have none. I will buy snacks for bellies that would otherwise go without. I will wipe tears, bandage knees, discipline, encourage and cheer. I will teach. I will lie awake in the small hours of the morning, running through nightmare scenarios. And heaven forbid, should the unthinkable happen, I will stand in front of and protect those tiny bodies with my last breath. What I won’t do is absolve you of your responsibility. I voluntarily served in a job, a lifetime ago, that required I be ready and willing to pick up a weapon in defense of you and others. This isn’t that job. I will not pick up a weapon to do this job while you stuff blood-stained dollar bills in your back pockets.Thank you, but my co-workers and I have more than enough to do. This is the job you volunteered for, and you have a constitutional and moral obligation to do it. You will not lay the burden of this responsibility at my classroom door. Tracy CiminoSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Motorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crashSchenectady department heads: Budget cutbacks would further stress already-stretched departmentsSchenectady man dies following Cutler Street dirt bike crashEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesSchenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musiclast_img