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Dealing with Children’s Feelings about School Shootings

Written by Bruce Cruser

Bruce Cruser has been Executive Director of Mental Health Virginia since 2016, bringing a background in social work and community corrections, and many years of leadership experience in local and state government.

May 28, 2022

It’s been over 20 years since my child was a fourth grader, but when I hear the horrible news from Uvalde, I feel the need to hug her tight, tell her that she’s safe, that we’ll be OK, that I love her so much. 

We need more advocacy for policies to protect children, and to provide support for young men at risk. But right now, many children and parents seeing this tragic news struggle with what to do with the feelings it creates.  Our colleagues at Voices for Virginia’s Children point out that : “Children need help talking about these issues with their parents (resources for parents and caregivers) and to be clear that there are individuals speaking up to keep them safe.”

Here are some additional resources for dealing with difficult events from Dr. Jennine Moritz:

And maybe add a reassuring hug. 

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