TULSA – As the community continues to digest and discuss the fatal shooting of Terence Crutcher by Tulsa Police Officer Betty Shelby, one local teacher’s post about her student’s reactions is being shared nationwide.
Rebecca Lee works at KIPP Tulsa College Preparatory school and posted on Facebook after she took time to talk with her students about the death of Crutcher.
The post has been shared over 153,700 times and is broken down by the age brackets Rebecca spoke with: 10 and 11 year olds, sixth graders and 13 to 14 year olds.
The emotion filled post shares the student’s reactions after watching and reading coverage of the incident. Some students, says the post, asked why did they [police] have to kill him [Crutcher]? Others wondered about the children that Crutcher leaves behind and “who will walk his [daughter] down the aisle.”
Later in the post, Rebecca writes, “another student says, ‘I used to read about this happening and think, oh that's sad, and then kind of forget about it. But this happened so close to home. It feels real now. I take 36th St N to and from school every day. It happened right by my house.’”
Read the entire post below.
On Friday, KIPP held a balloon release for Terence Crutcher.