[room 209m] week thirty three lockdown

April 6, 2017

Working in a public place, I feel like you just never know what’s going to happen. Schools are especially crazy sometimes because as teachers and administrators, we are constantly working to please (and better) our students, who are essentially like our clients (if you were to think about schools in a business model). In this mindset, which is especially true in a city like San Francisco, where I have found that many students and their families feel entitled to perhaps more than we can honestly offer (at a public school level), it has become harder and harder to please these students and their families.

The other day, things blew up quite dramatically at my school to the point where the end result was a parent getting into an alleged altercation (alleged because it’s still under police investigation) with a student (unrelated to the adult) resulting in a student leaving campus in an ambulance. Then at the end of the day, family members of both sides appeared on campus in an attempt to fight it out. I, of course, did not see any of this happen in person. I was with my students (in both situations) in our classroom lights out and door locked hiding in the corner, per typical school lockdown procedure. As you can imagine, my students were a bit confused as to why they were sitting in the corner in the dark with their teacher. Ultimately I don’t think there are going to be any lasting effects on my students, but still … how scary!

Because, ultimately, who’s to say that something like this won’t happen again? No matter how much we try to “please” the students and their families, it’s not really our job to cater to their every want. There are always going to be situations where families and/or students are upset for whatever reason. The question is, how can we really make schools safer for everyone, including those of us who work there?!?

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One Response to “[room 209m] week thirty three lockdown”

  1. annalice said

    oh my!! that is so scary! you can never please everyone, people who want to will always find something to be unpleased about

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