Another teen in our community has died in horrendous circumstances. This one was a kind, considerate young man who sat quietly in my classroom two years ago. Always easy to work with. Thoughtful responses. A really nice kid whom I was glad to know.
And now he’s gone.
The circumstances aren’t important. Choices lead to actions. Sometimes our choices lead us into the wrong car, the wrong pathway, the wrong friendships. Sometimes our choices lead us on detours but we find the right way eventually. Sometimes our choices bring joy and celebration. Sometimes they bring mourning.
I don’t want to outlive my students, and I am intending to live a long time yet.
So here’s what I want you guys to do:
Hold your friends close, make sure they know you value them. Help them to make the right choices, so you can all grow old together. Love each other. You’re the most valuable resource on the planet, and the future needs EACH one of you!