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Resources for Discussing Mass Shootings

four students sitting outside eating lunchSUPPORTING STUDENTS AFTER A MASS SHOOTING

There have been horrific mass shootings across our country, including the school shooting in Texas, that our young people may be talking, wondering, and worrying about.

The tragic shooting is Texas is sadly the latest in a number of horrifying murders. We may be physically removed from the shootings, but that doesn’t mean the topic on the minds of educators, students, and families.

Our students want and need to talk about what they see, remember, and are feeling now; they need the guidance and safety of adults to be able to navigate their own emotions and trauma in a healthy, safe, and productive way. 

General Resources Following Mass Shootings

  • The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) tips for parents and educators to talk with children about violence suggests adults:
    • Reassure children they are safe and review safety procedures. 
    • Create a sense of safety by returning to normal, predictable routines as soon as possible.
    • Make time to talk and listen to the concerns and feelings of children.
    • Limit the use of media consumption of these events to lower their stress and to maintain balance and perspective.
    • Acknowledge that sleep difficulties are common and can lead to fatigue and poor participation.
  • The American Psychological Association (APA) recommends honesty with children – acknowledging that bad things do happen, but reassuring them with the information that many people are working to keep them safe, including their parents, teachers, and law enforcement. The APA also advises limiting children’s exposure to news coverage following such traumatic events. 


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