A powerful letter captures a teacher’s existential crisis: Would I die for my students?

Rebecca Field is furious. She didn’t sign up for this.

The Richmond, Virginia, teacher signed up to teach art history — not, as she says, to “be ripped apart by a spray of bullets that came from a semi-automatic rifle.”

Make no mistake, she’d give her life to save her students. But she resents that we live in a time when that’s a choice teachers now have to make.

So Field wrote an open letter to elected officials; a powerful letter where she pours out her heart about the way...

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