One of my girls came to class today looking a little shaky and worried. She asked if she could use my computer to check the news really fast, that it was really important. I said no, since we were using the computer for the projector, but she could run next door to Hasselbeck, since he doesn't have a 4th period, and ask him if he would mind. About 10 minutes later, Hasselbeck comes to my door and motions me over and I look in the hall to see this girl almost in convulsions from hysterical crying. I went out in the hallway and all she could say, over and over, was "my dad's an ax murderer..." I had no idea what she was talking about and no idea what to do, and the security officer came down the hall just then and took her down to the office. I later found out that her father had killed his ex-wife (not the student's mother) and his ex-wife's 33 year old daughter with an ax on Friday, then tried to hang himself, and is currently charged with aggravated first degree murder. Due to privacy issues, I am not linking to the article. From what I can piece together, she heard a rumor about this and decided to look it up to see if it was true, and she read it all.
What do you say to a 16 year old girl, who has just read on the internet that her father hacked 2 women to death with an ax? No human being should have to go through that, much less a child who reads about it on a computer screen.
The things my kids go through breaks my heart on a nearly daily basis.