Blinn shows way on trust and peace

first_imgThe students always knew that Diane was an advocate for them and they could count on her to not breech their confidence. To breech their confidence meant she could no longer fulfill her responsibilities to them or anyone else in the community.I’m constantly thinking: “What would Diane do?” I concluded she would continue to do what she does best. Diane would make doubly sure she reminds students they can trust her with the most delicate issues they share, no matter what.Diane is the glue that keeps Mohonasen a peaceable place — telling students that training teachers to carry and use weapons appeals only to more irrational thinking that will simply lead to more violence. The solution to the problem of school  violence is hiring more Diane Blinns. It’s a complicated  problem that requires thoughtful, disciplined planning and execution. We have a shortage of those qualities in Washington (and Rotterdam).Nick CoupasSaratoga SpringsMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes I retired from Mohonasen High School in June 2010. Until then, I had the privilege of working closely with Diane Blinn, who is the school/district social worker.There were daily disagreements among all groups: students, teachers, parents and administrators. Some problems were trivial and some as serious/life threatening as disagreements could possibly be.There was always a line of students at Diane’s door, and she could solve just about every problem she faced. Sometimes, she would take a student home for a meeting with the parents. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img

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