Terence Crutcher was buried over the weekend, but his death will have lasting effects on his community, particularly the school his daughter attends.
Crutcher’s daughter attends Kipp Tulsa College Preparatory School, and her teacher, Rebecca Lee, have been having talks with fifth-, sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-graders to talk about police violence.
“Why did they have to kill him? Why were they afraid of him? Why does [his daughter] have to live life without a father? What will she do at father daughter dances? Who will walk her down the aisle? Why did no one help him after he was shot? Hasn’t this happened before? Can we write her cards? Can we protest?”
“I give them the space to process silently,” she writes. “Then I tell them, ‘We have different skin colors. I love you. You matter. You are worthy. You are human. You are valuable.’ Shoulders shake harder around the circle. I realize that this is the first time all year I have affirmed my love for them.”
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