Each school shooting has a profound effect on us as educators. After the shooting at Columbine High School, I didn’t think I had the right to feel traumatized. A therapist explained to me the concentric circles of trauma–where the center is the people injured or involved, and each ring of the circle is the community directly surrounding the center. What I know about today’s shooting is that we are all pretty close to the center of the trauma, as community members, friends, relatives, and educators in the same district. You have permission to feel however you feel. It’s ok to feel angry, sad, terrified, rage, heartbreak, numb, disconnected, depressed, or any other feeling–or all of them. We feel for our colleagues at STEM. We feel for our entire community.
In order to be of service to our students, families, colleagues, and community, we must take care of ourselves. It’s hard to know what that means sometimes, but I encourage all of you to focus on that.
The Douglas County Federation is here to support all of our community of educators, members and non members. We want to be of service to the teachers and staff at STEM. If you need someone to talk to, please don’t hesitate to contact me at KaLeyba@DougCoFed.org.
Resources for Educators and Families:
Trauma Resource Information Sheets:
- When Someone in the Workplace Suffers Loss
- 5 things to know about stress
- Tips for Survivors – Coping with Grief
- SAMHSA Disaster Hotline
- 50 Ways to Take a Break and Types of Self Care
Share My Lesson has a traumatic events collection specifically around Helping Children Cope With Traumatic Events:
Supporting Grieving Children in Our Schools Webinar done with Coalition to Support Grieving Students:
Additional resources can be found on AFTs webpage here: