DEAR EDITOR:

Cobb has made national news.

Leading in a pandemic is no easy thing and I have the deepest respect for the people in decision-making positions in which every choice has severe consequences. Often, there is just no decision a person can make in which someone, somewhere doesn’t suffer.

Hear me when I say this...I know many of our leaders are doing an amazing job in a near impossible situation. I celebrate your leadership and I’m so grateful for it.

But...

I can’t understand the choice to not honor a human that has lost their life. A human that served your organization for many years and made an impact in the lives of others. I just can’t wrap my head around the apparent callousness displayed in those short seconds on Thursday.

I almost lost my mom to COVID. She had the exact same thing that (teacher) Patrick (Key) had. I continue to deal with the guilt of knowing I was the one that brought it home to my family. I continue to be deeply grateful for her recovery, but it is not lost on me how easily I could have been the one in mourning.

My heart is broken with the loss of my colleagues. My heart breaks for their families. My heart breaks for anyone that has been touched by this virus.

To the families of (teachers) Patrick, Dana, and Cynthia ... let me say what should have been said. Please know that your loved ones were valued, loved, and respected by their colleagues and school families. Their service to our community mattered, their impact counted, and they will be deeply missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you always.

As we move forward, let’s remember that teachers are humans first. We are moms, dads, husbands, wives, sons, daughters, grandmas, and grandpas. We have our own fears and anxieties and yet we continue to do the job we love ... despite those fears.

I don’t pretend that the risk that educators take is any greater than others working during the pandemic. I’m merely asking that we acknowledge and honor those who took the risk and are no longer with us.

We can do better, Cobb. I know we can.

Amy Myers

Dallas

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