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Preventing Violence in Our Schools

Taking the Terror out of School Shootings

Judy Myers, Extension Educator — Children, Youth & Family Consortium

April 2015

Many in Minnesota remember the school shooting at Red Lake, March 2005. The fear and sadness that such incidents generate can feel overwhelming and beyond explanation. Even when the tragedy occurs far away, children and parents may feel vulnerable. Parents may worry for their children’s safety and wonder how to talk about such events.

Tips and Tools for Coping

We can’t predict when a school shooting will occur and devastate a community. But parents can find answers to some of their questions. These sites provide reliable information for parents who are affected.

Coping with ViolenceNational Association for the Education of Young Children — A compilation of online resources for parents, teachers, and others working with young children about coping with violence and talking to young children about tragedies they learn about in the media.

Natural Disasters and School ShootingsKidsPeace — Tips and tools for kids, parents, and educators on how to deal with the aftermath and fears, and how to prevent and deal with future tragedies.

Helping children and adults cope with events like the Newtown school shootingsConnecticut Commission on Children — Here you'll find expert advice and information that can help children and adults alike. Also available in Spanish: Ayudando a niños y adultos enfrentarse a eventos trágicos como el ataque en Newtown

Helping your children manage distress in the aftermath of a shootingAmerican Psychological Association — Five tips and strategies.

School Shootings: Advice for ParentsThe Healing Center — Four tips from Clinical Supervisor Jen McCormick, LICSW. Also includes a four-minute video.

Related Resources

Getting Through Tough Times — Tips on getting help, making financial decisions, dealing with stress, doing more with less, and parenting.

Dealing with Stress — Online resources and courses to help you recognize and deal with the stress in your life.

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