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When you hear the news about a mass shooting, your first reaction is likely shock and horror, even though it isn’t the first time an incident like this has happened.
As details of the incident emerge — how many people died, who was injured, who did the shooting — you may experience a range of emotions. Anger at the person wielding the gun, confusion over the person’s motives, sadness for those who were hurt or killed, and fear of being in the wrong place at the wrong time yourself someday in the future.
On Tuesday, 19 children and two teachers were killed in a shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas.
When senseless acts of violence such as school shootings happen, they catch everyone off guard. The unpredictable nature of these types of incidents adds to our fear.
It can be particularly confusing and frightening for children. Children may feel in danger or worry that their parents, siblings or friends are at risk. They will look to adults for information and guidance on how to react.
The National Association of School Psychologists provides some ways parents can help children feel safe and secure after an act of violence occurs:
The National Education Association also offers some guidelines on how to address mass shooting incidents with your children.
Also remember to take care of yourself, too. Pay attention to your own emotional and physical health, avoid too much media and talk to others as needed.
The licensed counselors at Linden Oaks Behavioral Health can help people cope with trauma and anxiety. If you feel like you need to talk, support is available.
Get a free behavioral health assessment by a licensed counselor at Linden Oaks Behavioral Health.
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