The Hardest Job in the World

As teacher, you are now: mentor, parent, paramedic, counselor and more in a troubled world

Cindy Shapiro
Teachers on Fire Magazine

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Photo by Greg Rakozy on Unsplash

I’ll just say it: there are two trainings that I have always had a hard time with, as a teacher:

  1. Stop the Bleed
  2. Signs of Suicide

I remember both of these trainings vividly. For “Stop the Bleed,” we teachers were told about a new “kit” that was being installed in the hallway near the main entrance of our school. This kit would include supplies such as tourniquets, and in the case of a school shooting, we would now be responsible not only for barricading our doors with chairs and arming ourselves with baseball bats to protect children again intruders, but we would also assist the wounded by providing basic emergency medical care until we all could be rescued.

I told my administrator that very day that if I ever had to touch anything in regards to that kit, that would be the day I turned in my keys and walked out that door forever. It was too much — the weight of it, the responsibility, and the hard smack of reality that, yes, these things do happen in schools far too often and teachers are right there, in the thick of it.

And no, I don’t agree with arming teachers with guns. We are there to teach, not act as law…

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Cindy Shapiro
Teachers on Fire Magazine

Cindy Shapiro is long-time teacher living in Colorado. As a writer, she aims to elevate teachers’ voices and provide insight on issues in education.