I am a teacher and I am furious. We become teachers to have a tiny say in the lives of our students and their futures. We have been asked to do many things by our policy makers that have little to no impact on our students' growth as learners and citizens but we do it because we couldn't dream of spending our days outside of a classroom.

We know the duties of our profession. We know some nights and weekends will be spent planning and grading papers. We know to have extra snacks for those who don't have, we know to smile even on our bad days. We know our most important job is to keep our students safe. We also know that the value and respect for our profession has declined, we feel the lack of support from policy makers. We shield it from students by filling the gaps. We fill the gaps financially so students can learn how we want them to learn. We fill the gaps by being counselors when there are none. We fill the gaps by incorporating the arts into our already full curriculums.

I am furious that I must now consider acting as a human shield. I am furious that it has been carelessly suggested that teachers become armed. I am furious that I now have to wonder if I can actually keep my students safe. I am furious because this is a gap that teachers should not be asked to fill.

Rene' Blume

Westtown