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Fields, Terri.
New York : Henry Holt, 2002.
ISBN 080507127X
Picture this: It's the beginning of an ordinary school day.  The bell has just rung.  The halls are almost empty except for a few students trying to make it into homeroom before they're marked tardy.  Some teachers have begun taking attendance.  Some are making mental notes of lesson plans for the day.  Students are thinking about the quiz or exam they have to take today, or the homework they didn't do last night.  The day officially gets under way as usual with morning announcements being read over the PA: "Today is Thursday, October 3rd. Volleyball practice has been moved to 5:00pm. The chess club will meet today in Mr. Malkin's room.  Congratulations to the JV football team on last night's 14-0 win against the Raiders. Go JV! Student Council will be selling spirit T-shirts during both lunch periods all week in honor of their victory.  And now we have a special announcement from the principal."  Principal (read in a different voice): "I am sorry to have to tell you of the death of one of our students. Anna Gonzales took her life last night. Our sympathies go out to her family and friends. Grief counselors will be available all day."  "Thank you principal. That's all the announcements for today! Everybody have a nice day!"  And so, life goes on, but how does it go on?  How does one life really affect another?  If I am here today and not tomorrow, would that make an impact on your life in any way?  Anna Gonzales is dead.  She committed suicide.  If you could take a notebook and somehow chronicle what went through the minds of students and faculty immediately after that announcement was made, you would know what happened on the day After the Death of Anna Gonzales. (Virginia Wright,
SUBJECTS:     Suicide -- Poetry.
                        High schools -- Poetry.
                        Schools -- Poetry.
                        American poetry.


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