A post on Twitter by user Damito Jo (@kiaspeakes) showed on Thursday how the violent incident at Spring Valley High School in which an white school safety officer brutalized a teenage black girl could have gone differently.
A former co-worker just shared this, wrote Damita Jo. This is how good teachers respond to what happened at #springvalleyhigh.
The post said:
About 90 minutes ago, I was observed by my principal. A student had his phone out, I asked him quietly to put it away. He told me he couldnt. I immediately thought about the situation. I asked him if he was ok, he told me no and burst into tears. He walked out of the room, I contemplated following him. I was being observed after all. I followed my heart though. The young mans brother was killed last night. I told him to write me a letter and express all his pain and use whatever words he wanted to express. He did it and I wrote back. It took me two minutes. When he walked out today, he said I love you, Mrs. Turner-Swift. Thanks for listening to me. I really only gave him maybe five minutes of my time. Thats all he needed; thats why I teach!
Damita Jo (@kiaspeaks) October 28, 2015