MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) A school principal described as very caring and attentive to her students was killed Wednesday in an apparent homicide at a private school and a 17-year-old student was taken into custody, police said.
Officers said the body of Suzette York, 49, was discovered in a classroom by a teacher shortly after 11 a.m. at Memphis Junior Academy, a Seventh-day Adventist Church-affiliated school in east Memphis.
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school just started this week and a student has killed a principal!
schools are becoming more violent and I remember being threatened all the time before I left teaching ..poor woman.
I do wonder what is happening to so many young people today. Surely, it cannot be the case that they have not been taught the difference between right and wrong, yet many behave as though such concepts are relative, and cannot understand why society should disapprove of some of their actions. Although not all young people are like this, there does seems to be a growing anger amongst the young, as has been made evident by the thousands who have destroyed British cities this week. I don't envy teachers their jobs.
When I was in 8th grade (1979-1980) a boy that I had gone to elementary school with brought a gun to school and tried to kill our principal. The principal locked himself in his office so the boy shot and paralyzed our counselor instead before going into the cafeteria where study hall was being held and held the students inside at gunpoint for 2 hours. Those of us in classrooms were made to sit under our desks behind a locked door until the police arrived and were able to talk Sherman down. Imagine my surprise when I came face to face with him a few short years later as I was walking down the street! He went on to commit a myriad of crimes including raping his own daughter when she was 10.
The next year, my first year of high school, a student brought a gun to school and killed himself in the cafeteria.
So sad and scary. It's not just schools and teachers. It is becoming more and more random, and more likely to happen anywhere. I was shocked by the headlines this week about the psychiatrist who shot her autistic son and then herself. In so many ways she had a lot of advantages in her life that many don't have, and she seemed unable to cope with stressors that other people are able to cope with.....speaking of stressors.....I can't imagine how frightening that would be mikicagle. Last week, on my way home from work there was a HS senior who shot his girlfriend and then himself in a very nice residential area. They both died. I really do believe that the economy and political unrest is contributing. I think it's unnerving for all of us, but some more than others.
These kinds of things NEVER happened years ago when the system allowed disipline of your children....
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