Originally published in the Dallas Morning News October 27, 2014 in Letters to the Editor
Megan Silberberger is being hailed a hero for saving the lives of students at Marysville-Pilchuck High School, and rightly so.
She put herself in between the shooter and other students he could have shot. We applaud her for her bravery and her concern for the students.
However, every day in every classroom teachers do the exact same thing.
They place themselves firmly between their students and poverty, abuses of each and every kind, ignorance, and apathy by the very people who should be their biggest supporters.
They champion their students and encourage them to reach and stretch their minds, to leap beyond any obstacles or dangers they might be facing and obtain the one thing that will help them excel in life their education.
I applaud these teachers who daily give up their lives for their students, who continually, despite obstacles the district or any officials might place in their way, provide the best education they physically, spiritually and many times financially can.
Bravo, I say and God bless each and every one of you!
Becky Villareal, Garland