Sunday, January 22, 2012

Rattled

* This post is from mid-last week, and was written in segments.  Sorry for any sudden thought jumps, etc.

I was thinking earlier this evening about writing one of those "Today is why I am a teacher" blogs.  When I got home, I

I just received word that one of my outstanding students from last year attempted to commit suicide.  Thankfully, she was not successful and is now getting help.  She has yet to return to school.  I am wishing, hoping, and praying that her parents withdraw her from that school where all of her issues were enhanced and made so much worse.  I hope that she gets to go into a better school environment than the one that I worked in last year and that she has attended for the last two years.  This really rattled me.  This girl was an ELL.  She moved to the US around Christmas of her 6th grade year, and by the time I got her as a student at the beginning of her seventh grade year, she was speaking very good English.  Our brilliant ELA teacher assigned her a 30 minute tv show in English every day, and by the end of the school year, this girl had a better command of the English language and much better grammar than many high school students in today's world.  She was testing at very high levels, and was happy, helpful, and had sweet friends.  I'm not sure what happened over the course of those few months.  I know that things were getting rough for her in a few areas outside of school, but I can't imagine from what I know that those issues alone would cause her to attempt suicide. Her mother read her diary, and it told of terrible horrors that this girl experienced at school this year.  Bullying is only the beginning.  Apparently, she started having sex at school.  She had multiple partners and the lack of teachers (since they keep quitting and the school is short a few teachers in most grade levels)/ lack of supervision in the school building led to a staff that was oblivious.  The thought of any of my students committing or attempting suicide is enough to make me physically sick.

Since I don't know what else to do, I want to give you guys some homework.  Review whatever you learned about suicide and indicators in your psychology classes.  Be an aware teacher.  Make sure that people are aware of resources such as the suicide prevention lifeline that can be called anytime at 1-800-273-TALK.  Lastly, check out the http://www.afsp.org/ (AFSP).  This website has data, information, fundraisers, etc.  This should never be something that a teen feels necessary.

1 comment:

  1. This is a great reminder for all teachers! Thank you for sharing your story.

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