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“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men”

In today’s Times, John Schwartz profiles Tom Dunn, a death penalty lawyer turned middle school teacher in Atlanta.  Dunn worked at the Georgia Resource Center defending clients on death row until he himself was on death’s bed, suffering a catastrophic illness in 2006.  That’s when he called it quits and decided to devote his time and energy toward teaching middle school students.  As the Times put it, Dunn “having seen too many people at the end of lives gone wrong … want[ed] to keep these students from ending up like his former clients.”

It’s a meaningful story and I encourage you all to read it, here.