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Letter to the editor: Affection better ammunition for teachers

| Wednesday, March 7, 2018, 9:00 p.m.

Over the years, I've had a lot of wonderful teachers. But there is one I remember most fondly.

Miss Ferrari, my second-grade teacher, had shiny jet-black hair and pale skin with rose-tinted cheeks. She wore lavender shirtwaists with a frilly handkerchief in her breast pocket. She was beautiful.

And she smelled like talcum powder. I know this because every school day, before we walked home, we lined up to receive a hug and a kiss.

For some of us, it may have been the only kiss we got that day. For every one of us, it was the perfect cap to the day. We felt loved and special.

More than 50 years later, I remember her hug and kiss.

Today, Miss Ferrari would likely be expelled for her actions. Today, teachers must keep their affection to themselves. Even when a young child cries, teachers have learned to be leery of offering a simple hug.

Now, there's talk of arming teachers with guns.

But maybe there's something more powerful in their arsenal. Maybe if every child got the kind of warmth and affection Miss Ferrari offered, if every child from an early age knew that he or she was loved by someone who matters, maybe there would be less need for safety drills, scanners and fear.

Maybe there would be less heart-breaking carnage?

It's a simple thought. But love, we all know, can be a powerful weapon.

Leslie J. Miller

Squirrel Hill

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