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The school shooting that killed 19 students and two teachers at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, is the latest in horrifying violence in our country. This senseless loss of life is difficult to process. And yet, our children are looking to adults for support and reassurance.

Tips for parents and educators to talk with children about violence:

  • Reassure children they are safe and review safety procedures

  • Create a sense of safety by returning to normal, predictable routines as soon as possible

  • Make time to talk and listen to the concerns and feelings of children

  • Limit the use of media consumption of these events to lower their stress and to maintain balance and perspective

  • Acknowledge that sleep difficulties are common and can lead to fatigue and poor participation

Tips for managing your own stress following a mass shooting include:

  • Reaching out for support from other adults (friend or professional)

  • Honoring your feelings and taking time for yourself, especially if you’re experiencing personal loss or grief

  • Limiting your amount of media coverage of these events

  • Find ways to help in your community

Call the National Parent Helpline at 1-855-4A PARENT (1-855-427-2736) to get emotional support from a trained Advocate. They are available Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

La Honda-Pescadero Unified School District is committed to ensuring a safe learning environment for all students and staff. We have a safety plan in place, practice drills with students and staff, and provide social and emotional support.

We hope these resources will help you talk to your children if the subject of school gun violence comes up. Please reach out to us if you are in need of additional support.

In the meantime, our hearts are with the families, students, staff, and community of Uvalde, Texas.


Amy Wooliever