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One month ago, Diana Haneski was hiding in an equipment closet at Stoneman Douglas High School. She’s the school’s media specialist, and when the lockdown was announced she herded students into the closet, where she texted family members and waited, listening to the sounds of helicopters overhead. You might know Haneski’s name because of this chilling story about her longtime friendship with Yvonne Cech, who was the librarian at Sandy Hook Elementary School when 26 were killed there.
I wanted to know how she was adjusting to the wrenching changes to her work and her community, and what learning looks like now at her school. Here’s some of our conversation:
I was hoping we could talk about how you’re thinking about your library, and how you’re thinking about the job that you do every day after something like this.
Everything is different now. The library, half of it is counseling. Everyone needs some help still. And really, they were not trying to really teach anything. They were trying to heal and help. There was no big push to teach. Now, there are kids who really want to learn and want to have regular classes. There are also kids who are just not ready to learn yet. And there are teachers who are having trouble with what they’re supposed to do as well. So there’s counseling going on to help with all of this.
What’s surprised you about everything that’s happened since the shooting?
The whole controversy with, should a teacher have a gun. The fact that you can actually have a conversation with someone and they could be like, well, of course, they should have one. The realization of the power of the NRA, that has surprised me. I didn’t really pay attention to that before.
Read the full conversation about the Stoneman Douglas library by Sarah Darville at Chalkbeat.