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Brittni Darras works at Rampart High School in Colorado Springs. Two months ago, one of her students tried to take her own life.

The young girl deleted her social media accounts and left goodbye letters, convinced that no one would miss her.

Thankfully police intervened and prevented it from happening.

When hearing this story from the girl’s parents, Ms Darras decided to write her a personal letter.
She then took the time to write a handwritten letter for each and every one of her other students, with messages like “You inspire me to a better person” and “I hope you know how special you are to me”.

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In a Facebook post, which has gone viral, Ms Darras said:

Two months ago was the first time I cried during parent/teacher conferences. A mom of a student who I have taught for two years showed up at my table with a list of her daughter’s teachers. Each one had “yes” or “no” written next to it. My name had a “yes” next to it, so she proceeded to explain to me the reason for her daughter’s extended absence. Her daughter- a friendly, intelligent, beautiful, driven, young woman- not only planned to commit suicide, but was in the act of doing so when the police got a Safe 2 Tell report, broke in, and stopped her. She had deleted her social media accounts and left goodbye letters; she was ready to leave the world. As her mom sat across from me, we both had tears streaming down our faces. Feeling helpless, I asked if I could write my student a letter to be delivered to her at the hospital; she said her daughter would love that. My student got the letter; her mom said that her daughter cried, turned to her mom and said, “How could somebody say such nice things about me? I didn’t think anybody would miss me if I was gone.” It made me realize that I was way too close to losing another student to suicide. I spent the next 2 months writing cards to every one of my students- over 100 of them- telling each one what is special and unique about them. Suicide is growing to be more and more common, and I can’t help but to think that it’s a direct result of the pressure we put on these kids- to be successful, to fit in, to be the best in their class/sport/etc. We need to remember that each human being is unique, and that is what makes them special. Instead of trying to change it, we need to embrace it, because together, we can make a difference, and we can save lives! ‪#‎suicideawareness

Her post has been shared over 177K times

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  • what a beautiful thing to do, well done xx

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  • Teachers are amazing. Doing this for all her students is a wonderful thing. Horribly teen suicide is high and attempts/serious thoughts and planning are even more common. And these kids tend to hide it from everyone around them. What this teacher did undoubtably saved lives, and touched her students lives in a way they’ll never forget and hopefully pass on to others in the future. One kind act can have a profound knock on effect which can save or change lives. Thank goodness for this teacher & I hope this raises awareness that anyone can make a huge difference to someone else who’s struggling – and it doesn’t have to be a big gesture. Just knowing your cared about can make the world of difference.

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  • Wow, what an amazing teacher. I bet she will make a difference to more students than she will ever know

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  • Your headline makes no sense – a great effort by this teacher, though.

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  • It’s so lovely what that teacher did. You can see she loves teaching and taking good care of her students. I wish all the best to the girl in hospital, that luckily was saved just in time!

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  • Every kid/person is valuable! We do need to tell each other more often, rather than judge & criticise. Well done to this teacher, what a beautiful thing to do.

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  • Very touching. What a great teacher.

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  • I respect this teacher so much. What a great movement

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  • Kudos to this teacher. I only wish more parents would take the time to find out how their children are feeling and to reassure them that they are special and valuable.

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