Teaching, trauma and Tamerlan

Trauma is part of the job for many community college instructors, writes Wick Sloane, who teaches writing at Bunker Hill Community College in Boston. He suffered “secondary trauma” after one of his students was murdered in 2007 for no known reason. Another student in the same College Writing I class: Tamerlan Tsarnaev. He cut frequently, e-mailed some excuses, then dropped out.

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  1. lightly seasoned says:

    Um, yeah, that’s teaching, especially teaching English. I’m not sure about labeling it trauma, but it weighs on you.

  2. Richard Aubrey says:

    Hard to think of somebody reaching CC age without something happening. And, even if not horribly, National Enquirer horribly, awful, if it weighs on the person, it will come out in, at least, a class on composition.

  3. The Class of 2013 was in their first week of first grade here when 9/11 happened and some lost parents. Since then grandparents, teachers, and classmates have passed on…some violently, some not.