Social isolation in schools erodes our sense of self and community

HECHINGERREPORT | Reflecting on the education of the murderer of eight parishioners in the Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, a teacher interviewed in the GQ article, “The Making of Dylann Roof,” recalled Roof as not being “part of the in crowd.” The teacher likened him to working-class Bostonians who felt inferior to the Cambridge-bred upper classes. “So maybe Dylann’s family is a good example of downward social mobility,” the teacher added. Another teacher couldn’t remember anything distinct about Roof except that he compulsively used hand sanitizer.