Reaction and Resources Regarding the Texas School Shooting
A statement from our colleagues at the MSU Center for Autism and Early Childhood Mental Health regarding the massacre yesterday of children and teachers at the Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas:
We are heartbroken to be sending this guidance again.
We are enraged to be sending this guidance again.
We are demoralized to be sending this guidance again.
We are exhausted to be sending this guidance again.
We are gut wrenchingly disgusted to be sending this guidance again.
We are overwhelmed to be sending this guidance again.
We can’t believe we are sending this guidance, yet again.
May is children’s mental health month.
What are we doing?
What are we doing?
Children and teachers have endured and sustained and persevered for the past three school years, trying to keep safe.
Trying. To. Keep. Safe.
The question is not, what are we doing…
it is what aren’t we doing…
We share guidance on how to talk to children after acts of violence.
Again. And again. And again.
And it feels futile and repetitive.
Yet, we share it believing that it may be supportive to those of us who support young children and their families at this time.
This is only a selection of the resources that are available.
There are many.
There have been too many ‘opportunities’ to publish these documents in the past ten years.
At this time…
10 hours after gun violence has impacted at least 100 people across our country, as it does, every day.
10 days after the white supremacist action of hate in Buffalo.
Almost 10 years after Sandy Hook.
What have we learned? What have we done?
Dismantle systems of oppression.
CLICK BELOW FOR RESOURCES
From the National Association of School Psychologists
From the National Child Traumatic Stress Network
From the Center for Autism and Early Childhood Mental Health