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April 20, 1999. Survivor's guilt. LOA.

by Seraphina_Lullaby on August 24, 2013   |  FacebooktwitterTumblr

My first full-time teaching job was at Columbine High School, 1994-1998. I took a leave-of-absence to complete my masters during the '98-'99 school year, thinking I'd return in September. When I heard the tragic news, I left my program and went back for the memorials and funerals. That summer I ended up moving away from Colorado entirely and never taught at Columbine again. I still have a lot of guilt around that decision, and the fact that I wasn't there in the first place.


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