When the massacre at Sandy Hook elementary school ended on December 14, 2012, five teachers and the principal lay dead along with 20 students. The adults walked into the line of fire while trying to protect their children.
The names of the teachers were Rachel Davino, Dawn Hochsprung, Anne Marie Murphy, Lauren Rousseau, Mary Sherlach, and Victoria Soto. They showed loving courage as the gunman fired into teachers and children.
The EF5 tornado that tore through Morris, OK on May 20, 2013 did major damage to Plaza Towers and Briarwood elementary schools . Warning sirens announced the approach of the tornado and the teachers helped the students to seek shelter and shielded their students with their own bodies to try to protect them.
Among the teachers protecting students were Tammy Glasgow, Waynel Mays
and LaDonna Cobb. LaDonna Cobb was an off-duty teacher that had gone to school when the warnings were issued. She ended up shielding six students with her own body, and she had the cuts and bruises that showed her courage. Amy Simpson was the principal at Plaza Towers Elementary and she made the announcements to warn of the coming tornado.
There are many that criticize the work of teachers. Teachers are blamed for student violence in the schools, failures of students to pass aptitude tests, and many other situations that are beyond their control. Too many parents have abdicated their responsibility for getting their children to treat other children and teachers with respect, and to make sure their children are doing the assigned work.
Teachers at Sandy Hook and Morris showed their willingness to risk their own lives to protect their children. It is important to note that these teachers consider the students to be “their children.”
We need to recognize the difficulties that teachers face, and the grace and courage they exhibit each day. In these extreme emergencies, the teachers display loving courage that is beyond their mere call of duty. Despite what they may say, teachers are often doing much more than their job.
You can learn additional details from the LA Times story of how people in Morris are coping with the damage. http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-oklahoma-tornado-20130525,0,4848656.story?track=rss
In closing, the Westboro Baptist Church has reared its ugly head claiming that this destruction in Morris is because the US is an evil nation. Spiritualists believe that everything that happens has a purpose, but the purpose is not to blame the victims for acts of God. The loving courage and commitment by the teachers, and the help being given to the survivors shows the better side of humanity in times of crisis.