Union boss: Teachers’ roles more than just educating
SAN DIEGO (CNS) – Teachers never know what role they might have to play
in a given day, from providing safety to their students to watching out for
their mental health, the president of the San Diego Education Association said
Friday in reference to the shootings at a Connecticut elementary school.
“Teachers, their roles don't stop as (an instructor),” Bill Freeman
said. “Kids look to teachers as parents in some cases, counselors in some
cases; and teachers take those roles on because they really know these kids.”
The teachers union boss said the San Diego Unified School District is
well prepared for an emergency.
“Let's pray you never have to use them, but we're prepared to execute
emergency procedures for whatever might occur,” Freeman said.
He said his heart went out to the families of the victims, and he
predicted that it could take years for the community to recover.
The gunfire at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut,
killed 20 students and six adult victims. The shooter also died.
The SDUSD declined to comment on the Connecticut tragedy.
Randy Ward, the San Diego County Superintendent of Schools, said in a
statement that the education system has an unspoken agreement with parents to
keep their children safe and send them home a little smarter.
“All of us who work with children take our responsibility to keep them
safe very seriously,” Ward said. “It's at the heart and soul of everything we
do. You can't educate children without them being safe. As this morning's
incident shows, sometimes, in spite of our best intentions, evil forces upend
our unspoken agreement.”
He said local school administrators will review safety plans and, along
with counselors, discuss the incident with students and answer their questions.