Nelba Marquez-Greene lost her precious daughter in the Sandy Hook school shooting. In an open letter to teachers at the school, the mom thanks teachers and sends them an emotional message to consider when returning for the new school term. Read her beautiful words here.
Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut was forever rocked by the Dec. 12, 2012 school shooting, but students and teachers bravely took on a new school year. Nelba Marquez-Greene, mom of one of the shooting’s victims, 6-year-old Ana Grace, wrote a heartfelt message to teachers and the school’s community about her wishes for the new term. Her seriously tear-jerking letter calls for “courage, faith, and love.”
Sandy Hook Mother Writes Touching Letter To Teachers
“As another school year begins and old routines settle back into place, I wanted to share my story in honor of the teachers everywhere who care for our children,” the brave mom posted to Education Week on Sept. 6 before school started up for the fall. Nelba continued:
I lost my 6-year-old daughter Ana Grace on Dec. 14, 2012, in the rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School. My son, who was in the building and heard the shooting, survived.
While waiting in the firehouse that day to hear the official news that our daughter was dead, my husband and I made promises to ourselves, to each other, and to our son. We promised to face the future with courage, faith, and love.
As teachers and school employees begin this new year, my wish for you is that same courage, faith, and love.
It takes guts to be a teacher. Six brave women gave their lives trying to protect their students at Sandy Hook. Other teachers were forced to run from the building, stepping over the bodies of their friends and colleagues, and they came right back to work.
When I asked my son’s teacher why she returned, she responded, “Because they are my kids. And my students need me now more than ever.”
Sandy Hook Victim’s Mother Calls Teachers ‘Courageous’ For Returning To School
The mom also gave teachers motivation for turning back to their jobs after this traumatic tragedy, encouraging them to seek out students who may need the extra support:
While I pray you will never find yourself in the position of the teachers at Sandy Hook, your courage will support students like my son, who have lived through traumas no child should have to.
Your courage will support students who are left out and overlooked, like the isolated young man who killed my daughter. At some point he was a young, impressionable student, often sitting all alone at school. You will have kids facing long odds for whom your smile, your encouraging word, and your willingness to go the extra mile will provide the comfort and security they need to try again tomorrow.
Being courageous requires faith. It took faith to go back to work at Sandy Hook after the shooting. Nobody had the answers or knew what would come tomorrow, but they just kept going. Every opportunity you have to create welcoming environments in our schools where parents and students feel connected counts.
What do YOU think, HollywoodLifers? Are you touched by this mom’s heartfelt message?
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