“Everybody told me you will never experience anything like this anywhere else in your life, and they’re right,’’ Shaw said. “Even with the catastrophe that happened, the people of Boston are some of the kindest out there.’’
Shaw’s principal at Longfellow Elementary School, Cathy Cafferty, said the students and staff are eager to welcome her back Thursday. They realize that she was an eyewitness to history.
“Those kind of things don’t happen much here in the middle of Nebraska,’’ Cafferty said, “so it really comes to life when one of your own is there.’’
Shaw, who plans to run Boston next year, said she will teach her students not only about the merits of finishing what they start, but about the human condition in a world where evil sometimes lurks in unexpected places.
“We’ll talk about the importance of our freedoms, but I don’t want anybody to hate,’’ Shaw said. “So I’ll also teach them that what we want to bring out of this is goodness.’’
Bob Hohler can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.