Mental health support in CT schools after Texas school shooting


Many districts have also said there will be increased police presences at their schools in the coming days.

Newtown Schools Superintendent Lorrie Rodrigue said in an email to staff and families that counseling teams will be prepared to offer assistance to students at each of the district’s seven schools, including at Newtown High School where survivors of the 2012 attack now attend school.

In addition, Rodrigue said she is working with Newtown police to provide “enhanced police presence” at district schools.

“In Newtown, this news resonates with our students, staff, and families in ways many communities might not understand — and hopefully never will,” Rodrigue said in the email.

“Our hearts and prayers go out to the students, families, and staff in the Uvalde school community. We will also be reaching out to the administration there to offer our support at this difficult time.”

Dr. Andre Newfield, chair of psychiatry at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport, said mass shootings like the one in Uvalde on Tuesday have enduring effects for survivors, who may develop post-traumatic stress disorder, but also on their communities.

“There’s no greater violence than perpetration of violence against children, and when there’s a mass murder of children all in one place in a sacred institution like a school, it doesn’t matter how big or small or strong or weak a community is, they’re going to have a major reckoning to deal with,” he said.

Newfield recommended that parents of young children in Connecticut think carefully about how, or whether, they discuss the shooting.


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