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Like educators everywhere throughout the nation, Marissa Schimmoeller came back to her secondary school classroom the day after the mass school shooting in Parkland, Florida, a week ago with a substantial heart. She revealed to TODAY Parents she knew the day would be an intense one for her ninth and tenth grade English understudies at Delphos Jefferson High School in Delphos, Ohio.
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Schimmoeller went to class that day arranged to disclose to her understudies precisely what they ought to do on account of a dynamic shooter all alone grounds. It turned out her understudies had their very own arrangement — and when Schimmoeller uncovered one key detail of it in a passionate Facebook post, the story rapidly circulated around the web.
"Today was really hard for me. Today was the first time I had to teach the day after a mass school shooting," Shimmoeller wrote. "I was dreading one specific question. Soon after class began, a freshman asked me the question I had been dreading since I had heard about the tragedy in Florida.
'Mrs. Schimmoeller,' she asked. 'What will we do if a shooter comes in your room?'"
This is 24-year-old Schimmoeller's first year of teaching, and she has more considerations that others when it comes to active shooter drills in her classroom: Schimmoeller was born with cerebral palsy and she uses a wheelchair.
Her students are familiar with the day-to-day implications of her condition, she told TODAY Parents. "I begin on the first day by talking about my disability," she said. "I tell them that they may be asked to assist me in the classroom — by passing out papers or writing on the board for me — and I allow them to ask me any questions they want to.
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