Notable Quotable

May 04, 2007

If you refer someone to the police, all you're going to do is teach kids to hide their feelings, to shove it down and not let it out there. And I don't think that's what we want to teach young writers."

- JIM BARNABEE, a creative-writing instructor in Lincolnshire, Ill., on the issues confronting teachers when dealing with disturbing essays and stories from students in the wake of the Virginia Tech tragedy; like most teachers, he has been trained to alert counselors or administrators if he thinks students might harm themselves or others


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