In the wake of another shooting tragedy, I wanted to share my thoughts of how grateful I am that SAIL was there for my son, who let me know that he understood what those shooters had in mind, and had he not found SAIL he thought he might have ended up close to that decision himself. That’s probably a shock, since he just more or less presented as a slacker, but after middle school he felt cornered and marginalized and I was scared to death. After only a month at SAIL, he said he felt protected and understood, and his pupils were not dilated for the first time in two years. He still thinks it is the best thing that ever happened to him, and gave him “license” to be himself and believe that was just fine. I think if there were more magnet schools like that where at risk, sad children could be directed it would make quite a difference. We were so lucky.