Some teachers in Maine took time from their planned lessons to address the bombings at the Boston Marathon. Paul Clifford, a social studies teacher at King Middle School in Portland, Maine, said many of his students are familiar with Boston and the city's sports teams and some shared stories of relatives in the race, while students at Portland High School learned about Chechnya and grappled with how a teenager could be a suspect in the bombings. "We had such a rich conversation. It was really a great teaching moment," said Ericka Lee-Winship, who teaches Advanced Placement history and social studies at Portland High School.
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