Monday, March 5, 2012
How does a parent wrap her mind around a reality no one wants to face?
On Feb. 27, the unthinkable happened. I need to rephrase that. What should be unthinkable happened. But who has not confronted: What if? Parents, students, teachers, school employees, administrators ... shudder at unfathomable thoughts. When I was a child, I hated tornado drills. I tried not to think about my fear. Who could control nature? What goes through our children’s minds? It is unconscionable that they should have to drill for shootings; yet they must. Know what to do. Push down the fear. Pray it never happens. It couldn’t. It wouldn’t. It’s unthinkable. It happened. Our hearts break for the Chardon victims and their families. Our anger burns against the one who committed this crime and against evil circumstances and thoughts …
Thursday, March 1, 2012
Beachwood's longtime "Coach I," whose grandson was a victim of the Chardon shooter, is a mentor to so many. Could a role model like him have helped TJ Lane?
I had not thought about Dom Iammarino, my Beachwood High School General Business teacher, in a long time. I was not the kind of student who kept in touch. I barely kept in touch when I was actually attending Beachwood 30 years ago. I moved away. I have probably written 10,000 checks since Mr. Iammarino - "Coach I" to pretty much everyone at the school, especially his wrestling team - taught us how to fill out the "pay to the order to" section. Come to think of it, I should have thought of Coach I every time I paid a bill. I have been thinking about Coach I since Monday, when I found out his 16-year-old grandson was the first to die in the shooting at Chardon High School. A school shooting is an unspeakable tragedy, anytime and anywhere. …
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Superintendent Douglas Heuer said Cleveland Heights-University Heights community members "stand strong with you" as the Chardon High School Community mourns those lost
Flags at each school in the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District are at half-staff to honor students killed and injured in the Chardon High School shooting Monday. Two students have died and three others are still in the hospital, WKYC reports. CH-UH Schools Superintendent Doug Heuer sent an e-mail to CH-UH parents yesterday about precautions the schools take for these "unthinkable acts." "Our thoughts and prayers are with the Chardon community during this tragedy," Heuer said. "We're here for you, and we stand strong with you in honoring and remembering your classmates, friends and children."
Monday, February 27, 2012
Chardon High School shooting spurs police presence, notes of reassurance to area parents
A student is dead and four others injured after a student opened fire at Chardon High School in Geauga County this morning. School districts in the area responded quickly, sending notes to parents and students reassuring them of their own safety practices in the event of a dangerous situation. MORE: See below for area school district's reactions, and watch throughout the day as more reactions are added. Beachwood City Schools Superintendent Rich Markwardt sent an email to parents just before 10 a.m. noting that the students practiced lockdown drills with Beachwood Police earlier this year and that officers were dispatched to keep an eye on Beachwood schools when the news broke this morning. In a note to Beachwood High School students …
Three students have died and two students were injured in a shooting at Chardon High School Feb. 27. Follow our Storify account of the incident.
Superintendent Douglas Heuer said students practice lockdown drills in case of these "unthinkable acts"
The Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District is sending an e-mail to parents about the Chardon High School shooting that occurred this morning. Details about the shooting are still murky, but the latest information from WKYC News reports that four students were injured and one student was killed in the incident and that one gunman is in custody. "Unfortunately, no district can fully prepare for such unthinkable acts. Since some parents have asked, please know that the CH-UH School District is as prepared as possible. Students in all of our schools practiced lockdown drills earlier this school year under the guidance of administrators and security staff," Heuer wrote. Read the full text of the note below, and watch coverage…
How do you address this news with children?
A student is dead and four students are injured after a shooting at Chardon High School, WKYC reports. Parents rushed to the schools to make sure their own children were ok, and tearful reunions were broadcast on local TV news reports. In light of these events, do you worry about your kids safety? Take our poll. How do you explain these kinds of events to your kids? Tell us in the comments.