Parkland School Starts The New Year With Apprehension: How To Cope With The Fear Of School Shootings?
The world seems to go crazy with all those shootings of innocent people at schools and other public places. It’s natural that those victims are still afraid of getting back to the places they saw horrible things happening.
They are still afraid
New school year is soon to start, and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School isn’t an exception. Both students and teachers are getting ready to start a new school year after a gunman’s attack. It goes without saying they try to increase security.
It’s been half a year and it doesn’t get easier, but we get stronger everyday.— Lauren Hogg (@lauren_hoggs) August 14, 2018
We fight for them, love for them, and live for them.
Never forget the reason why we are fighting for change, it’s because they are no longer here to fight for themselves. RIP 17🧡
Stop shooting Start living pic.twitter.com/XZoKYeswhX— Lauren Hogg (@lauren_hoggs) August 11, 2018
According to local10.com, There are 18 additional safety monitors, new classroom locks have been installed, as well as new video surveillance introduced. What is more, visitors will be able to enter the school only through one entry, and they will be screened through a video intercom system.
How to cope with anxiety?
Fear and anxiety over the danger of school and other public places became very common. However, according to Jamie Howard, PhD, director of the Trauma and Resilience Service at the Child Mind Institute, mostly the parents are afraid for their kids. Children, on the contrary, as a rule, don’t have any concerns over things that might happen.
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Here’s what Jamie Howard says:
Even though they’re the ones going into school every day, I just don’t hear a lot of kids worrying about it.
Couple that proves giving up isn’t an option
Mykenzie Lane and her boyfriend Brandon Helmick is a couple who has lived through the deadly shooting at the Route 91 Harvest music festival that took lives of 58 people. Nevertheless, now, they keep smiling and even got married.
These people show that life should go on even after the most horrible tragedies, and it’s only people themselves who can enjoy their lives no matter what. And if there is a fear of something, there's no need to panic. There is a better solution and it's to take action and start doing something to prevent horrible things from happening.