As you probably know, I work in the public schools here in Miami. I don’t work at a school site but in the central administration. But I am sure that the massacre on Friday in Connecticut is being felt throughout each school in our district and in every district in the country and in each school, public and private.
I wasn’t at the office when the news broke on Friday, but I know that when I get to work there will be e-mails and bulletins about the situation and its aftermath. Here in Miami we have had our own incidents of senseless violence. Nothing on the scale of what happened in Newtown, but then, it doesn’t really matter: loss is loss.
I’m not a parent, so I don’t know the visceral shock that comes when confronted by a horror that takes a child away, but I know that many of the people I work with, both at the schools and at the office, are devastated. But despite the devastation and the soul-draining horror of last Friday, we will go on. We have to.
We all have one goal, whether or not we are parents, and that is the safety and well-being of every child in our care. I often say that I don’t work for this or that boss up the chain of command in my office; I work for the kids of Miami-Dade County. We get up every working day and do our job so that those children will have a better world of their making.
That’s what I’m going to do today. That’s why I got into this business in the first place.