When one of her students attempted suicide, a high school teacher vowed to do whatever she could to prevent the same thing from happening to any other kids in her school.
Using her skills as an English teacher, Brittni Darras wrote personal letters to 130 of her students telling each one how special they are and praising their uniqueness.Colorado Springs teacher two months to write every letter by hand, but the pay-off was well worth it.
Handing them out on the last day of school before summer break, students at Rampart High School hugged her, cried, and one even thrust her letter in the air declaring it the best thing she’d ever received.
The idea of writing to more students came after she first penned a note to the girl in the hospital who tried to kill herself.
“(The girl’s attempted suicide) made me realize she felt like she was not important and didn’t make a difference in this world,” Darras told TODAY. “For these other kids, it’s very hard for us to know who is struggling with thoughts of depression or suicide. If she had that response–and I couldn’t see her as having struggles– the only thing I could think to do was to write every single one of them a unique card.”