Teaching tip: Never fight alone!
The paraprofessionals were much more than just “staff.” We were in this incomprehensible battle together. We brainstormed, hugged, cried, and pulled out our hair together, and none of us could have predicted that things would get worse. We also relied on great advice from the school principal, his assistants, and the school nurse. While maintaining confidentiality, we ensured that even the school receptionist was constantly vigilant with respect to Nicola, Bryan and the Longs.