Although justice will hopefully be served for Crutcher and his family, a bleak feeling of sadness, confusion and anger still hangs heavily over the town -- especially at Kipp Tulsa College Preparatory School, where Crutcher's daughter attends.
After the fatal shooting, staff members at the Tulsa school felt the need to put a brief pause on the academics and create an environment where students could process the tragedy that occurred in their own backyard.
Rebecca Lee, a teacher at the Tulsa school, organized the students into three groups to discuss the catastrophe: a group of fifth graders, sixth graders and seventh/ eighth graders.
According to Daily Mail, she said,
The school decided to create a safe space for the children to share their thoughts and feelings in response to the shooting.
Their thoughts and feelings were so impactful that Lee decided to share a post on Facebook where she discussed how each group reacted, and its already gotten over 130,000 shares.
Get your tissues out -- you're going to need 'em.
To begin the post, she says,
Today at school, our staff decided we needed to press pause and create a space for kids to share their thoughts and feelings in response to the killing of Mr. Crutcher.
She then goes into detail about how each grade reacted, and how they tearfully questioned why their schoolmate was left without a father.
In an except from the post that describes the fifth graders' innocent reaction, she wrote,
As the questions roll, so do the tears. Students cry softly as they speak. Others weep openly. I watch 10 year olds pass tissues to each other, to me, to our principal as he joins our circle. One girl closes our group by sharing: "I wish white people could give us a chance. We can all come together and get along. We can all be united." Let me tell you, these 10 year olds are more articulate about this than I am.
Lee describes the sixth graders as "red-eyed or withdrawn."
These students are Crutcher's daughter's classmates. She described the haunting scene by writing,
They are her friends. Nearly every student has a tissue as we read the article together. When I open the floor for discussion: silence. It hurts to talk about. It hurts to think about. It hurts.
The discussion got heavier and heavier, as the seventh and eight graders grew angry about the killing. Lee wrote "one [student] says she feels like punching someone in the nose."
The anger and confusion among the students at Tulsa won't go away any time soon, but they're lucky to have a teacher like Rebecca Lee in their lives. She ended the post with love by saying,
I ask that you put yourself in the shoes of black and brown children growing up in a world where they see videos of their classmate's father shot and bleeding in the street....I ask that you love and love hard.
Love hard, everyone.