Friday, July 6, 2012

A student lost...

Earlier this week, on Tuesday, as I sat at Mavis Tire, dreading the bill I would soon be paying for new tires, I received a phone call from the secretary at school.  She prefaced her call by saying she had some "not very good news".  I immediately assumed this was a phone call to tell me I have to change classrooms, or I was being moved to another grade level...You know the feeling.  But instead, she spoke about a student of mine, and proceeded to tell me that he had been shot and killed in Brooklyn over the weekend.  I know she told me the details, but as soon as I hung up--I could hardly remember any details, only that my student, Jaquan Cox, a bubbly, energetic, happy little boy had been killed.  The details are too gruesome to relate here, but Jaquan, my seven year old student, who I had hugged, said goodbye to, and wished a great summer less than two weeks ago, had been killed.  He was visiting his grandmother who lived in the Bed-Stuy section of Brooklyn.  He, along with his grandmother, were victims in a double murder-suicide. 


I don't have to tell you, the followers of my blog, who are mostly teachers, just how close you grow to your students as the year progresses.  The loss of a student is crushing, but a loss to violence seems even more unbearable.  


A fund has been established through EverRibbon.com to help raise funds for the funerals of both Jaquan Cox and Alma Cox.   If you are willing to donate, you may do so here: EverRibbon: Jaquan Cox and Alma Cox.

28 comments:

  1. So sad! I'm sure this is a call you never expect to get. My thoughts and prayers are with you!

    Aimee
    Pencils, Books, and Dirty Looks

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  2. Oh gosh, I have never had anything like that happen to a former student. I am so sorry for your loss! I will keep you in my prayers!

    kellybrown28021@gmail.com

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  3. Oh wow- I can't imagine. Thinking of you and your community.

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  4. Wow such sad news. My thoughts and prayers are with you, his family, and the community.
    bforbes89@gmail.com

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  5. That is so sad! It is always horrible when violence touches the lives of children. I will keep your whole community in my thoughts and prayers!

    Jennifer @ Herding Kats In Kindergarten

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  6. I'm so sorry to hear about your student. My thoughts are with you and your school community.

    Marvelous Multiagers!

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  7. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I can imagine that it is incredibly hard. My thought & prayers are with you and his family!

    Primary Inspired

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  8. Absolutely awful. I am so sorry. This just breaks my heart.

    Jena
    1st Grade with Miss Snowden

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  9. Thoughts and prayers are with you!

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  10. How awful! I'm so sorry for your loss. I have two students who have passed away and two who are in prison. It's tragic! We have so many hopes for our students and when something like this happens, it really hurts. You're in my prayers!

    LindaC

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  11. I am so very sorry. I know you are heartbroken. I pray for your comfort and healing, and for the other loved ones left behind.

    Laura
    Peace, Love, and First Grade

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  12. This is heartbreaking. My heart and prayers are with you and those whose life your sweet student touched.

    Kelly
    Beg, Borrow, Steal

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  13. Oh my gosh, my heart is breaking for his family and you right now. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.
    Lisa
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

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  14. I am so sorry for your loss!! Praying for you, the family, and community!

    Heather (heathernnance@yahoo.com)

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  15. Wow this is so sad. I teach not to far from you, in Purdys/North Salem, and heard this story on the news. I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers and thoughts are with you. I will spread the word about EverRibbon!

    Brianne
    bl3982@yahoo.com

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  16. That is so so sad. What an incredibly senseless loss. My heart is breaking for you.
    Lori@
    Bee-the-change.blogspot.com

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  17. I am so sorry, Tanya. That is terrible. {HUGS}
    Jenn
    Finally in First

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  18. Sending my heartfelt prayers and condolences to your community. I can't imagine what your going through. Hang in there.

    Color Me Kinder

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  19. I just made a donation. I hope they reach their goal.

    Color Me Kinder

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  20. So sad...I couldn't even imagine. Hugs and prayers!!

    ღDeAnne
    First Grade and Fabulous

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  21. This is so sad:( My heart is heavy reading this.....Sending healing thoughts your way!

    I'm your newest follower!

    Tammy
    1...2...3...Teach With Me

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  22. I just found your blog today, and firmly believe I was sent here to pray for your loss, the family'e loss and the community's loss.

    Tammy
    The Resourceful Apple

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  23. My prayers are with you and your students family. I too lost a student due to Gang violence. I've been teaching many years and it never gets easy. We have them for so many hours a day and for me they are like my own kids. I had a thought perhaps you might dedicate one of your products from the TPT store for your student and use the proceeds to help the family. Again I'm so sorry.

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  24. So tragic. Thinking of you during this hard time. {{Hugs}}

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  25. So tragic. Thinking of you during this hard time. {{Hugs}}

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  26. I am so sorry for your loss. I can not even imagine what you are going through. There are always a hand full of kids that I worry about over the summer vacation and I just can't imagine receiving that phone call.

    Lindsey

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  27. What a terrible tragedy!! I am SO sorry your loss and for the family's loss. I had a student die my first year of teaching from sickness, so I know how hard it is to deal with this loss. Praying for all involved!!

    Janaye
    Tales of Frogs and Cupcakes

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  28. I am so sorry for your loss as well as the family. I so vividly remember the day I got the phone call that one of my students died in a roll over car accident. It was during the school year, so I not only had to deal with the loss personally, but with a class full of her classmates. It was horrible. Hold on to the wonderful time you had with him.

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