Turn to any dictionary and it is defined as a person who instructs students. That’s it, that’s all it says.. That’s what we thought a teacher was. How wrong we were.
This is Scott Beigel a Geography teacher at the high school in Florida where a gunman opened fire on a peaceful Wednesday afternoon. When the shots rang out he did exactly as he was trained to do, get his kids secure in the classroom and lock the door.
But Scott did something else. When he saw other children running in horror from the gunfire down the hallway he put his own life at risk by opening his classroom door and ushering them in. He saved them. Before he could secure his own life however he was hit with a bullet and killed. Make no mistake he traded his life for theirs.
Our teachers have to be so many things. Yes they have to instruct and teach what’s in those text books but they are also social workers for the troubled children who need a friend they can’t find at home. They are caregivers making sure everyone in their class has the supplies they need to succeed in the classroom and the food in their stomachs to get through the day.
And now as we have seen time and time again with these school shootings they have to become the guardian angels to these poor terrified children. Unarmed and in the middle of absolute chaos they have to make split-second decisions that will save those children. That’s not what a teacher signs up for but they do it willingly..
Tomorrow is Friday. If you find yourself near a school or dropping off a child and see a teacher tell them thank you. We ask the impossible of them for too little money.
This is Scott Beigel. A teacher. His last moments on this earth he taught his students the most incredible lesson any of us can ever learn. He taught them that he loved them ❤️.
Source: FB post by John Gray- Journalist & Writer