DJ Hamburger worked as an intern for Jennifer Van Laar in 2016 and is currently working on his full-time California teaching credential for high school French language. He is a long term substitute teacher for the Hart District and was on scene at Saugus High School for the shooting on November 14th. He is also an Officer in the Army National Guard. Below is his experience and his view of the aftermath.
It has been one week since every teacher’s worst nightmare, one which we dare not entertain in even our worst dreams, happened to me. I was en route to Saugus High School when I got a text message from my aunt. She asked if I was near the statue [on the Saugus High campus], then a subsequent text came immediately after asking if my mother [an Assistant Principal at Saugus] was okay.