In reply to #5, I don't wear body armor, although I do have my
concealed weapons license, but I'm not allowed to take it on campus
and I think it drives my policeman husband insane that I can't.
We've had kids that have served serious time in real prisons for
crimes that run the gamut, from attempted murder, second degree
murder, manslaughter, gang affiliation, tagging, grand theft auto,
assault with a deadly weapon, rape, aggravated rape, domestic
violence, really anything you can dream up, they've done it and
been caught doing it.
Even though they are rough kids, they really have been so good
to me. I've only had one death threat and she's in prison (pregnant
and in prison) and one instance of sexual harassment- he went to
jail too because it was a violation of his parole from a previous
crime committed. I really love what I do and I enjoy these kids,
they really appreciate what a teacher can give to them and many are
on their last chance so they take it seriously when they're with
us. You can see though why we have such a rigorous first couple
days because security and safety is really important. I won't even
wear a skirt or dress to work because I feel like I can't handle
myself if a fight breaks out.