For Shahana Ghosh, a first-grade teacher at PS 24 in Sunset Park, the day began just like the other, two blocks from the subway station where Tuesday’s shooting took place.
After a morning meeting with other teachers, his students sat down to class at 8:10 a.m. and were ready to take reading and math lessons. Half an hour later, an announcement came in the PA setting: School “dormitory” – a kind of lockout where classes would continue as usual, but no one could enter or leave the building.
At 9 a.m. Tuesday, Ms. Ghosh’s co-worker sent her a text message explaining why she was not at school on Tuesday: The shooting at the 36th Street subway station.
“It was very difficult today,” Ms Ghosh said. “It was like nothing I had ever handled.”
Since the children in her class were so small, no announcements were made about the news to frighten them, and Ms. Ghosh had to remain silent throughout the day. When her students began to notice her phone ringing incessantly, she announced the time she was playing and kept them busy.
“I try very hard to keep it together and my fear shows nothing,” Ms. Ghosh said. “The kids were playing with Play-Dow at the end of the day and they wanted to show me the ice cream they made, and I said, ‘Send a text message to your mom, trying to make sure she can pick you up, but thank you!'”
Annie Tong, a fourth- and fifth-grade teacher at a school about a mile from where the shootings took place, saved her students from the whole story after the school received a shelter order, telling her students that it was an exercise. .
“We were all freaking out,” she said. “We kept it as normal as we could.”
Mrs. Although Tang was able to engage his students in arts and science projects, some of his students noticed that something was wrong. Some questioned why he could not go outside on a sunny day and that the locking training would last for several hours.
At the end of the day, Ms. Tang warned her students that it might take too long for them to get home and that their family, friends or other relatives might be there to pick them up. Immediately one of his students asked if there was a shooting.
“I told the truth, but not the whole truth,” he said. “Everyone is fine. No one died because I did not want to scare the students.”
“I specifically told my children that their parents should tell them,” he added.
As all the trains in the area closed after school, Ms. Tong took a boat home, and Ms. Ghosh told her cousin to drive.
Mrs. who tried to get rid of the chaos of the day by cooking dinner. Ghosh said he was beginning to think about how to talk to his first-graders about filming. He will focus the conversation on expressing their feelings and explain what to do if they get stuck in a situation like this.
“I think we need to talk about who’s hurting others and why it’s happening,” she said. Ghosh said. “One of the biggest questions these kids always have is: ‘Why did they do that?’ This is the hardest question of all because we have no answer.
Ms Tong, who said she plans to compress another teacher with a friend tonight, said she did not know how to start talking to her students about shooting in class tomorrow – but she knew her students would ask her questions. He also said that tomorrow should be film day.
“We have to be happy and I don’t know what it will be like,” he said. “I imagine there will be some students who are not, because it’s so scary.”