We need a break from the intense discussion and debate over a new APS superintendent. We need to move on to something lighter and more fun.
So let’s talk about the “lockdown” at Jefferson Middle School instead. (sorry, “story” no longer on crawl at top of what is, arguably, the single-worst webpage in the entire “Internets”, abqjournal.com included)
No, despite what you might think or read, I was not the “irate person” responsible for the “lockdown”. Those rumors are nothing but that, rumors.
Actually, today was my first “lockdown” in 14+ years of teaching. I’m sure I’m not supposed to go into details because of “confidentiality” or it being “a police matter”, and that’s fine because I don’t really know much besides I had to lock the door to my classroom and close the blinds. Then about a half-hour passed and I could open the blinds again.
One thing I did notice is that there are some teachers who think about this “lockdown” stuff alot, especially late at night in their nightmares. The looks on some faces were far more troubling than the “lockdown” itself.
I’ll just leave it at “fortunately, everything turned out alright”. I knew I’d been dancing between the “lockdown” rain drops and it was just a matter of time before my school had one. I’m also sure at least one ABQ resident has seen mention of this situation and thought “man, that Jefferson Middle School really is going downhill”.
Oh well, at least it provided a change of pace from obsessing about the superintendent situation.
P.S.: All day before “lockdown” it was impossible not to notice the general cheery disposition of our, generally surly, teaching staff. I’m sure much of it had to do with the end of standardized testing, but I also saw a special gleam in the eyes of many who were really glad Linda Sink didn’t get the job. Winston Brooks seemed like a pretty popular choice among those I talked to, not to mention the shock that it wasn’t our “interim” super.