Echoes of school shootings are widespread. The victims The survivors. their families. The wider community. All are influential in their own ways.
In the days, weeks, and months after a shooting, schools and districts typically respond by providing resources they think their students and staff will need to help them recover from the trauma. It is an arduous and unenviable task.
Members of the campus community are still in shock. Many people may not know exactly what they want or when. Even a school that from the outside looks like it’s given everything it can, may miss out on vulnerable groups.
In the wake of the Santa Fe High School shooting that left 10 dead and 13 injured in Santa Fe, Texas, the school and district provided a wealth of resources. Some of the things they offer include counseling services in and out of school, bringing in support dogs, and providing a connection to the most influential. After the May 2018 shooting, the school provided summer training to teachers on how to meet the needs of traumatized students, identify students and staff closest to the shooting, and facilitate groups for survivors. The principal also conducted an open meeting.
Here, some of the survivors of that shooting share their experiences and offer insight and advice for current and future school and district leaders coping with similar tragedies in their communities.