The Saturday Evening Post Inspiration: The Teacher Who Listened

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Contact: Ryan Settler
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Indianapolis (April 29, 2013) — It is hard to say that tragedies like the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, could have been prevented, but what if the adults in Adam Lanza’s life had listened and heeded the warning signs? In the May/June issue of The Saturday Evening Post, on newsstands now, Post contributor Chris Benguhe shares the heroic true story of a teacher who did listen and the school massacre that didn’t happen.

The Post feature chronicles the life of New Bedford High School teacher Rachel Jupin, revealing her own rough upbringing and how it gave her the strength and passion to mentor troubled students. The relationship and trust she established with one student, Amy L. Bowman helped prevent a national tragedy. As described by Benguhe:

Rachel spent as much time as she could with Amy, even inviting the young girl home for dinner. Her devotion earned not only Amy’s friendship and respect, but also her trust. But at the same time, unbeknownst to Rachel, Amy was getting involved with a tough crowd at school. It all started out fairly innocuously. She began meeting these friends—a group of fellow misfits and loners—at a nearby hangout after school, where they would smoke, gossip, and just let their hair down.

But one day Amy’s relationship with the group would take a darker turn when she found herself on the inside track of a sinister plan in the making. Her new group of “friends” had secretly been obsessed with the Columbine story and were plotting a Columbine-like massacre of the 3,250 students at New Bedford High School. At first Amy was afraid to tell anyone about the plot, but her deep connection to Rachel finally led her to spill the beans. Together they would go to the authorities and justice would prevail.

The dramatic story illustrates the point that when youthful emotion goes off the rails, a thoughtful, caring teacher can make a vital difference. As Rachel says, “Every year I meet another Amy. We can prevent a lot of big problems if we take the time to hear what our children are telling us they need. We just need to listen.”

The full story of how Rachel helped prevent this massacre at New Bedford High School in New Bedford, Massachusetts appears in the May/June issue of The Saturday Evening Post and online at

For more information or to schedule an interview with Post contributor Chris Benguhe, please contact Ryan Settler at The Rosen Group at 646-695-7042 or [email protected].

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