violence

Put Down the Guns, Pick Up a Book

At a nonviolence rally held in East St. Louis, Illinois, several speakers talked about how gun violence has impacted them personally. One gentleman spoke about how he had been in prison for 17 years. He only knew his son through visiting rooms. His son was a promising athlete. Two weeks before the father was released […]

Ash Wednesday School Shooting

Repentance: A radical change in mindset and heart, a promise to do better, surrender, a confession filled with remorse In every school or education organization there must be people you can trust. In spite of bureaucracy, complacency, high-stakes political frenzy, we must guarantee a safe space, a place where anyone can find the rhythm and […]

Witness

witness stand

The Orlando-Vincente fight during lunch recess began with loud name-calling and pushing and shoving. It quickly escalated to shouting profanities and throwing fists. The whole thing lasted only a few minutes but left both boys sniffling and bleeding. Then both second-graders were brought to my office for their trial and sentencing. “Thank you, Ana,” I […]