After Jonesboro, I felt outraged and helpless. By Springfield, I was perplexed. As a former teacher, I knew what the faculty, school and community were experiencing. Early in my pediatric career as a school physician, I lived through multiple suicides in a high school and experienced complex feelings of shame, rage, guilt, grief and most of all confusion. I felt like I lost control.

The feeling in my gut at the end of last school year was that I was still involved, even though it was not my community. It was, however, some pediatrician's community, and it easily could have been my community and my school.

I knew the Academy had much to offer, and I knew that as pediatricians, we can greatly influence our patients, families, schools, volunteer sites and community. That is a principle value of membership — we as members are recognized for our work and advocacy for children.

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