Again, there’s fear in our community resulting from a school shooting in our state. Social media feeds are filled with anger, anxiety, fear, sadness, and a desire for action.
We need to be clear that there are rumors on social media. Not everything you are reading is true. While we have many journalists in Colorado who understand the issues and impacts of this subject, there are many who use this raw emotion as a way to build their following. Many rumors about Columbine still exist today because of this. Consider ordering the book by Frank DeAngelis to learn more from a trusted source; all proceeds go to charity. https://www.amazon.com/They-Call-Mr-Columbines-Resilience/dp/1949595064.
We need to know that our safety and security team and law enforcement partners in Jeffco are the best in the nation, known as the Gold Standard and called to advise other states and districts regularly.
Our education staff is top notch and take the safety and health of our students very seriously. Because this is also teacher appreciation week, we recommend everyone send a note of thanks to their education staff members who serve your children – they need support right now as well.
Your feelings, no matter what they are, are valid. JCMH has a resource for us all to read and consider – Take Care Of Yourself During Difficult Times.
“Take Care of Yourself during Difficult Times
We’ve also shared this list of resources to help anyone with anxiety and to use with your children as well.
We all want to fix this issue and never have another school shooting. Our anxious feelings to make it happen today is warranted but our reactions must be based on facts. Metal detectors, armed teachers, using retired military personnel, and other thoughts and issues that have been debunked as solutions are again flooding social media, as well as the usual 2nd Amendment debates.
The discussions on social media are a lot to take in when you have anxiety and fear.
Do what works for you but taking a break from social media when you are feeling anxious and fearful is very important. Practice coping strategies in the link above and breathe!
Take care of yourselves, friends. We need each other.