Why are they hurt?”
“Well, people can get hurt when fighting a war.”
“Do people die?”
“Yes, sometimes people die.”
Tears start to well up, “Why do people fight then?”
“They fight to stop other people from doing bad things. Or they fight because they are making bad choices. Or they fight because they just can’t agree.”
Tears turn into sobs. “I don’t like this, I don’t want to read this.”
Then a former student, wounded on his third tour in Iraq, drops by to visit. History Teacher saw him start to get engaged in school when he wrote a poem about war based on the work of World War I poets. After graduation, he enlisted in the Marine Corps.