Teacher writes letters to 100 students

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Brittni Darras was waiting to meet parents at a parent/teacher conference two months ago, when a mother of a student she had taught for two years sat down at her table with list of her daughter’s teachers.

Each teacher had a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ written next to their names. ‘My name had a “yes” next to it,’ Brittni wrote in her facebook page.

‘She proceeded to explain to me the reason for her daughter’s extended absence.’

According to Brittni, the woman’s daughter – who she describes to be a ‘friendly, intelligent, beautiful, driven young woman’ – had planned to commit suicide.

Not only that, but she was in the act of doing so when the the police broke in and stopped her. She was later taken to hospital.‘She had deleted her social media accounts and left goodbye letters; she was ready to leave the world,’ Brittni said.

As the two women sat across from one another, both with tears streaming own their faces, Brittni reached out and asked where she could write her student a letter, to be given to her at the hospital.

When the girl received the letter, she turned to her mum and said ‘How could somebody say such nice things about me? I didn’t think anybody would miss me if I was gone.’

The incredibly heartbreaking response moved Brittni to focus on the rest of her students and what they could also be suffering with in silence.

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She spent the next two months writing cards to every one of them, telling each one what was both special and unique about them.

 ‘Suicide is growing to be more and more common,’ Brittni explained.

‘I can’t help but to think that it’s a direct result of the pressure we put on these kids – to be successful, to fit in, to be the best in their class/sport etc.

‘We need to remember that each human being is unique, and that is what makes them special.

 ‘Instead of trying to change it, we need to embrace it, because together, we can make a difference, and we can save lives.’

Source: http://metro.co.uk/2016/05/30/teacher-writes-heartfelt-letters-to-100-students-after-one-students-suicide-scare-5913109/#ixzz4APDF3slT

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