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How I Teach in a Climate of School Shootings

Is an empty classroom now the safest kind ? (Photo: Stacey Newman/ Shutterstock) Every time a campus shooting has happened in the 13 years since I became a college counselor and professor in Washington D.C., I tell myself that it’s not something that only happens at colleges, and that these things can happen anywhere. I have repeated this mantra so many times now that I’m starting not to believe it. It turns out it’s not that comforting to remind myself that I could really go to work at any job and die unexpectedly, and that the odds of this happening on my particular campus are still pretty low, as frail a grasp on statistics as I have. After the Virginia Tech mass murder, I don’t know what I expected, but it certainly wasn’t nothing. Humans cope in strange ways. When the college campus shooting happened at Seattle Pacific University a few weeks ago, I saw a tweet from an educator who said that she’d be wearing a bulletproof vest to her campus when school starts …