I write this as the news is discussing the tragic multiple murder that was perpetrated at Sandy Hook School in Connecticut. News is still scattered, reports as high as 29 dead have been reported, many of them kindergarten students. It is reported that a whole kindergarten class may be unaccounted for hours after the shooting began. The alleged shooter is reportedly dead, reportedly a 24 year old whose mother worked as a kindergarten teacher at the school who entered the building at 9:30 am carrying many weapons. Some of these reports may prove inaccurate but what is known is that many are dead. It is reported that he had earlier killed his father in New Jersey before killing his mother in CT on his way to the school.
As I type this I am finding it difficult to fathom how it could happen at that school. While I never worked there, I was once offered an internship with the district and found all that I had spoken with to have been among the most dedicated and professional that I have met. They loved the children and they loved what they did. I can only imagine what they experienced and how many professionals have lost their lives or were gravely injured in an attempt to save those they have dedicated their life’s work to serve.
To those who work with school aged children I do have some resources that I have written over the years that I used to help train school personnel from across this great country of our and beyond. As there is no way to post them here, simply email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send what I can, which includes reports on school shootings, school safety and ways to utilize a community model of support and prevention. As more information comes to the forefront I plan on writing additional blogs in hope that they may help.
My prayers go out to those who are affected. May the grand architect of the universe shine on the memories of those lost and provide warmth for those who have been exposed to the coldness of these actions.
Warren Corson III (Doc Warren) is a counselor and the clinical & executive director of a community counseling agency in central CT (www.docwarren.org).