When I taught sixth grade, one student shared a personal story that took all of us by surprise. It was a typical Monday morning, and we gathered for our daily Circle of Power and Respect (CPR) advisory meeting. We had been working for about three months on becoming skilled and efficient with all of the CPR components. It was Jesse’s turn to share. He looked around, took a deep breath, and said, “Last night there were shootings in my neighborhood, and one person died.”
Such shocking, upsetting sharing hadn’t happened before.