| ||I should be working now. But I'm too tired to make anything of it.|
The whole school and staff's up in arms now. We are understaffed
and over-ganged. And we thought it was just our floor.
Y'know, the "bad kids." Now there's fights breaking out just
about every day. Which is tremendously bad. But, now I know
it's not just us. The city shut down a few schools and sent other
kids from other parts of the city here. Which would be fine,
except that Chicago is - historically - a very segregated city.
And that history has led to the fact that our neighborhoods are, more
or less, run by different gangs, each with a very specific turf under
Until recently, most gang members and affiliates would more or less
choose their school. Clemente would have a couple of periods of
real heavy fighting. that would last for half a week each. That
period has lasted a month now.
But, it's new to Clemente. It isn't to other a boat-load of
schools. The frustration, and it's palpable, is that things
shouldn't be this way. People (students nor staff) shouldn't have
to live in fear and violence.
My frustration is that I want my students to feel at ease, to feel
peace, to come into the classroom and know that noone's going to attack
them. And so they can put away the pretenses. They can stop
the games and the jeering and the leering and the judging and the
yelling and these other defense mechanisms which only wall them up
further and break them down internally.
I love my kids. But I get so frustrated. Pray for my peace. Pray for their well-being.
I need to finish watching this movie, Born Into Brothels. I made a comment on Jennie's site
that I think is applicable, about parents being dumped into the middle
of the ocean with anchors wrapped around their feet. You can make
Sox on Saturday, babies!!!!
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