State Counseling Agency Offers Advice on Telling Kids About School Shooting
From Wisconsin School Counselor Association, Lori Peacock, President
As our nation mourns the loss of lives in Newtown, Connecticut, the WSCA Board of Directors are very grateful for the important role school counselors throughout Wisconsin will play in supporting our children, families, colleagues, and communities. We anticipate a lot of questions from members of our school communities about the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. School counselors in collaboration with our pupil services colleagues, administrators and teachers will be our students and parents “go to people” as they look for answers to their questions. Thanks to the media and the internet, there is a plethora of information available on how to talk to students about this tragedy. We also know that you have a number of resources of your own to share with others. Therefore, we have included just a few links for you as venues for quick access should you need them.
- A sample letter to send home with students for their parents – click here to download
- Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers, provided by the Nation Association of School Psychologists
- How To Talk To Kids About Tragedies In The Media, available at www.childdevelopmentinfo.com
- ASCA recommended resources, see Resources for School Counselors: How to talk to students about the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy
As people of all ages process their emotions, you may see sadness and grief, but also anger, fear, and regret. Some individuals may behave in ways that are uncharacteristic for them.Use the networks within your school and community to support the needs of those who seek you out for help and support. On behalf of the WSCA Board of Directors, please know we truly appreciate your dedication to Wisconsin’s children. May you be blessed in your work and find the strength you need to help our communities cope with this tragedy. Please also be mindful to take gentle care of yourself!