Parkland, Florida: A Teacher’s Perspective


I wonder what this world is coming to.  While many people are waking up, others are still spiraling in chaos, greed, hate, and violence.

Our government embodies this chaos.

I substitute teach for a pretty rough school system here in the Boston area.  There are many less than fortunate situations, so it gives me a great sense of satisfaction to be able to make a difference in the lives of children who may not get attention at home.  I’ve heard stories of gun threats in the past, violence among the older students, and have even been hit in the face by a special needs 4-year-old.

However, I’ve never felt unsafe- ever.

My heart breaks for those at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, and all of the other people who have suffered due to gun violence.  It’s time to do something- yet we have been saying this long before Sandy Hook.  WHEN will the government wake up?

Thoughts and prayers are nice, but they won’t change the fact our government is turning a blind eye to the violence and avoiding gun regulation due to monetary gain.

It’s disgusting.

I’m grateful to live in a state with an amazing Senator- Elizabeth Warren– who has a lot to say about the way our government is being run.  A former teacher herself, she’s been an important voice since Donald Trump became president of the United States.  Although I have always lived in blue states, my political views would be considered “independent;” I believe in the greatest good for all.  My religion is kindness and my political affiliation is fairness.

Nothing seems to be fair these days.  Our public schools have been put on the back burner, teachers are undervalued, gun violence is at an all-time high, and students can’t even go to school without worrying about their safety.  Although I also work from home writing and doing a little marketing work, I don’t want to feel like home is the only safe place to be.  It’s starting to feel that way.

Sure, schools may have security measures, visitors and substitutes are required to check in, but this doesn’t prevent a mentally ill person with a weapon.  Let’s come together and do what we can to push our government to take a closer look at gun control, make schools a safer place, and work together as a team- no matter what our political affiliation is.

We all deserve to be safe and breathe easy- so let’s do our part to make this happen.  It won’t happen overnight, but each day we can find a way to help.

For now, let’s continue to do what we can to make our little worlds around us a kinder place.  It all starts with us.


Worry-free in the classroom- the way it should be.

About Kristin Fehrman

Boston-based writer. Living beautifully at Mindful in Style.
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