Teachers and principals are first responders, but not only to school violence.
They are first responders to financial crises in families, to poverty, and to hunger.
They are first responders to child neglect and abuse.
They are first responders to physical and mental health problems in children and their families.
In short, teachers and principals are first responders to problems that our society has not addressed.
Unfortunately, teachers and principals are also the first to be blamed for society’s problems.
We can wait no longer for public officials and those who influence them to stand up to their responsibilities to young people, to public education, and to the our collective future.