The problem with caring is that sometimes it hurts!
This weekend was one of those times. To discover that one of our students has put herself at incredible risk and we are still yet to know if she is ok is enough to wrench my guts and take my normally rational and calm manner into a stressed and worried state.
It is not often I am lost for words but it is difficult to explain the angst I feel currently. Each of our students are vulnerable in different ways. Some are at risk of physical injury, others of being taken advantage of with money handling and scamming, others are socially and emotionally vulnerable.
Part of our responsibility, working with young people with disabilities, is to identify what skills we need to develop to ensure our students aren’t victims beyond our school grounds and empower each to be advocates for themselves and increase their independence. This is core to developing confident young people who will contribute to their community in a meaningful way.
I hold relationships as THE MOST IMPORTANT aspect of teaching and I have written about this many times. The pain I am feeling now is the result of this, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. When she comes back through our doors, she will know she matters to us, that she took a risk that would not only affect her but ALL of us. We are responsible for her but she also has a responsibility to us!
With everything I have, I am hoping that this comes true and she is ok.