Excellent insurance?!?! It costs over $700 a month... we teachers work all school year, plus during the summer, to make sure our students have the best education possible. While many of yall are tanning your toes on a beach, many teachers are working on new lesson plans for the upcoming year, preparing interesting, fun lessons that will engage students, and getting our classrooms ready for the upcoming year. We are also sitting at inservices, meetings, etc. Please don't assume that these ladies have state-of-the-art medical insurance, money falling out of their purses, and a ton of free time in which to recover. If you don't want to donate, DON'T, but don't come on here insulting their career choices and assuming they have it made in the shade. Just know this, Karen, when your child comes to school, WE keep them safe, WE love them, WE teach them, WE hug them, WE eat lunch with them, WE spend every waking moment worrying about them, hoping that they have dinner each night and breakfast each morning. When a teacher jumps in front of a bullet meant for your child, sister, brother, parent, friend, uncle, aunt, etc., maybe you will be grateful... or maybe you'll think the teacher did it just for some money and attention.... but we teachers know that it was done because our first instinct is to protect.
Why I donated. My daughter, Tabby Touchet, was one of the Grand employees who tried to help you... We are praying for your recovery. So many scenarios run through our head of "what if" and thank God you are both okay and you thought to activate the fire alarm. The employees of the Grand are not trained to respond to a shooting in a theater, but they are trained to respond to a fire, so that was the best thing anyone could have done. I am certain it saved lives because of it. And I am grateful... I am not a parent mourning the loss of my child today.
Just an FYI...the victims of last night's shooting are eligible for Crime Victim Reparations (CVR) that will help pay for medical expenses, loss of earnings or support, and even mental health counseling (up to $10,000, or $25,000 for victims who suffer total permanent disability). CVR will also help with funeral expenses for the deceased victims. CVR is a wonderful program our State has in place to assist innocent victims of crime financially. More information can be found at http://lcle.la.gov/programs/cvr.asp.
Those of you thinking this is a scam either don't know names of victims because you don't know them or don't live here. Some have been identified but families have the right to keep their names out of the media if they choose to. This campaign is on the AP wire by the way, that's proof enough for those not close to the situation to know it's very much legit.
If it were any other profession, nobody would say anything negative, but because they are teachers, they are somehow undeserving??? It burns my backside that these teachers probably used training in case of a school shooting, and saved many lives, yet they are criticized because they "have summers off" and "get paid with taxpayer money." Lots of people get paid with taxpayer money and don't have to put up with the disrespect and bullshit from the general public. Karen and Laurel, be glad that your sorry asses weren't in the theater that night, and be grateful that someone there knew how to alert the authorities and prevent more deaths. Be glad that there are people out there (most of whom are paid with public money) who wouldn't hesitate to act to save YOUR life. You should be ashamed and thanking these ladies.
First I want to say I am very sorry that y'all are dealing with such a terrible tragedy, my thoughts and prayers are with y'all, the families and other victims. Now my rant...if you don't want to donate, can't donate then don't it's not a problem but please don't make this out to be a bad thing the victims have been through enough and they don't need to read all the negative comments and made to feel like it wad their fault or that they are a problem here. If it was you or your family how would you feel if you read the bad comments or if it was your daughter, sister, niece and they read it. Please people we as a close nit community need to pray for one another build each other back up not tear each other down. If you don't have nothing nice or grateful to say then shut the hell up. I'm done here. I hope you ladies recovery fast your students are going to be lost without y'all.
It really makes my skin crawl that people are so "jealous" that teachers have summer off so they don't deserve this. I am also a teacher. My school let out June 20 on June 22 I went into training for a week and a half, then went into teaching summer school for 3 week. I am now in the process of prepping for the school year and getting my classroom ready for the year. As teachers we do trainings for things like this and what these women did was a complete act of courage. And yes you may only get one week off and "pay for you insurance" (by the way I pay for my insurance and have an autoimmune disorder which my insurance doesn't cover the medical plan my dr wants to use.) teachers only get a week off too when they actually take a vacation they then go back to preparing for the year. So when you run your mouth please think about what you have to say is fact, and also you wouldn't have a job or any skills IF IT WASN'T FOR A TEACHER!!!!
Seriously people, are we so jaded... some of you are really pathetic. If you do not want to donate, then keep your snarky or ill-advised comments off this page. God forbid something like this would happen to you in your perfect little bubble world.... ok rant over. Thank you ladies for helping prevent more bloodshed. Prayers for your speedy recovery, as well as for those who didn't make it out.
We do not have excellent insurance in Iberia Parish Schools. The school board does not provide the insurance because it was a tremendous cost to the system's budget. So we acquire insurance from company that provides us with the minimum coverage with high premiums. Our medical deductible is $1500.00 with a large list of what is NOT covered. Needless to say, the days missed from work will most likely be deducted from their pay in order to pay a substitute teacher. I love my job and the system but it is just what happens. So all the donations will not be wasted; Cammie Maturin and the Iberia Association of Educators will make certain of its intentions.
People please use some common sense!! If this page was created "BEFORE" victims were identified and NOW these two wonderful heroic women are indeed the victims then that makes me know FOR SURE this is legitimate. Think about it!!! No names were released but their families and friends knew and created this page!!! If no names were released do you think a con artist guessed their names and found their picture??? Please think people!
Just because the names are not released all over the media, does not mean that those of us who live here and know them personally do not know the names. As citizens of this city, and as friends of the victims we find out before it goes viral all over the news who they are. Just as if my father was shot, trust me I would know before the rest of the country. So simply because we know before you does not make this a scam
Anyone who knows these ladies please let their family know that each state has a Victim's of Crime Benefit. The amount is different from state to state but in Louisiana it is up $10,000 benefit per victim, and $25,000 if there is a permanent disability. Here is the link. I hope it helps. All of the victims in this tragedy are in my thoughts and prayers. Here is the link http://www.lcle.state.la.us/programs/cvr.asp#basicqual