Written by Emily Alberty.
As posted in the public Facebook group Cleveland Caucus to Reclaim Our Schools/CLE United Rank & File Educators (CURE).
I wrote this last March, after looking outside at the school playground and seeing the Cleveland police seemingly reenacting the events surrounding the death of Tamir Rice.
I feel like everyday I see posts from teachers about current or former CMSD students who have gone missing, been shot, or have been killed. Our city and our babies need help. I had to get this off my chest.
“Cleveland is a war zone,
and classrooms are the triage.
Teachers are the doctors,
to students who are on loan.
“Get to school. You can make it!”
But will their life be taken?
Walk past the memorial,
and let us give you a tutorial.
Another Cleveland kid who did not make it.
Schools are hospitals.
Poverty and violence are the infections.
Breathe, bandage, repeat.
Do they have food to eat?
Cleveland students are in this.
Why are test scores low?
Because Cleveland kids are taking blows.”
[The author of this blog saw this on September 21st. BUT the author of this blog finds it worthy to point out that the original post was made on August 29th, 2016…. PRIOR TO the unacceptable (and unnervingly similar) death of 13-year-old Tyre King in Columbus, Ohio.]