An Illinois elementary school is dealing with multiple losses this week after first a beloved kindergarten teacher died after undergoing surgery, and then on the same day of her funeral another kindergarten teacher killed herself. But Linda Walker didn't only kill herself, she decided to hang herself inside the kindergarten classroom.
As a mom to a kindergartner, I just couldn't help but put myself in the shoes of the parents, the kids, the whole school. Can you imagine if your child's teacher killed herself in the same place where she sits and plays, learns, and supposedly feels safe every day of the week? I feel for anyone who believes taking her life is the only choice, but seriously, this lady should have thought about someone other than herself. Thank god it wasn't a child who found her hanging in the Carterville classroom.
I also don't love the characterization of people who commit suicide as "selfish" but in this instance, honestly, she could have done this at home. Choosing a safe place for children to end her life was an outrageous choice, and one that makes me a lot angrier at the teacher, than sympathetic. Personally, I wouldn't want my child to go back to a classroom where such a violent death took place. And forget trying to explain suicide to a 5-year-old.
Now these kindergartners have lost two teachers in one week, and naturally the entire school is mourning. By all accounts Walker was a wonderful teacher, and inspired more than one former student to share positive thoughts about her. Which makes it all the more confounding that such a "wonderful" teacher would choose the classroom as an appropriate place to leave her dead body dangling.
I'm furious for these parents. No matter how wonderful a teacher Linda Walker was, she left their children high and dry of her own choosing. And she risked traumatizing them even further by doing it in what should be a place of joy and learning. I hope these kids and families can get through this horrible time.
What do you think about this teacher's suicide?
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