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Thu Jan 30, 2020, 10:17 AM

Sticky notes offer messages of hope after student scrawls cry for help on bathroom wall



When teacher Ashley Ferraro was in the girls' bathroom at her Colorado high school, she noticed a message of despair scribbled on the wall.

"Is life worth all the BS?" it said.

Her first instinct was to erase it, the English teacher at Golden High School told MNN.

"My first reaction was ah, graffiti, we have to clean it and scrub it off and we donít want other kids to see it because what if they see it and think the same thing?" she said. "But if we cover it up and clean it, are we ignoring the question and by that, are we covering up the person and the pain they are in?"

Instead, Ferraro talked to her students and said if someone is asking a question, it deserves a response. She gave them a stack of sticky notes and permanent markers and said they could participate if they wanted to.



https://www.mnn.com/health/fitness-well-being/stories/sticky-notes-offer-messages-hope-after-student-scrawls-cry-help-bathroom-wall


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Reply Sticky notes offer messages of hope after student scrawls cry for help on bathroom wall (Original post)
demmiblue Jan 2020 OP
chia Jan 2020 #1
Wounded Bear Jan 2020 #2
crickets Jan 2020 #3
SayItLoud Jan 2020 #4
marble falls Jan 2020 #5
TygrBright Jan 2020 #6
backtoblue Jan 2020 #7
MagickMuffin Jan 2020 #8

Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Thu Jan 30, 2020, 11:35 AM

1. "But if we cover it up and clean it, are we ignoring the question...

... and by that, are we covering up the person and the pain they are in?"

Powerful teaching moment. Beautiful.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Thu Jan 30, 2020, 12:24 PM

2. Perhaps there is yet hope...

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Thu Jan 30, 2020, 12:25 PM

3. Teachers like this can make a huge difference in the lives of their students.

Yours is not an easy job, and not all of the answers yours students search for can be found in textbooks. Thank you to teachers everywhere who take on this task.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Thu Jan 30, 2020, 12:30 PM

4. Teachers are a gift. Treasure them. And, for our children, country, the world....

PAY THEM A DECENT WAGE!

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Response to SayItLoud (Reply #4)

Thu Jan 30, 2020, 12:44 PM

5. Any job worth having someone else do is worth at the very least a living wage.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Thu Jan 30, 2020, 01:16 PM

6. Teachers should make more than hedge fund executives. n/t

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Thu Jan 30, 2020, 01:18 PM

7. Kick and Rec

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Thu Jan 30, 2020, 01:33 PM

8. Send that message to the Impeachment Managers


Not that it would have a profound impact on the republicon senate.

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