Phase Three: Reactive Measures


  • After School Shootings, Children And Communities Struggle To Heal: To be optimally responsive to the needs of survivors and facilitate the road to recovery in impacted communities, existing, evidence-based mental health treatments should be identified and disseminated to schools across the nation—not just in the immediate aftermath, but to also address the complex course of PTSD symptoms that may emerge months and even years after an event. The approach could be multilevel, with tools that help build community resilience—the ability to anticipate and successfully adapt to challenges after a traumatic incident—and coordinated efforts to identify and address gaps in knowledge, resources, and policy.  
  • NEA How to Talk to Students: The National Education Association covers how to talk to students after a school shooting, necessary procedures to go through, tips to help students cope, and includes other resources that may also be useful.
  • Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with Disasters and Other Traumatic Events: What Parents, Rescue Workers, and the Community Can Do: This article dives into the after effects on traumatic events on children and how someone can help another while dealing with a traumatic event.  When someone experiences a traumatic experience there are a few do’s and don’ts that someone can look at when trying their best to help someone after a traumatic experience.
  • Disaster Technical Assistance Center Supplemental Research Bulletin Mass Violence and Behavioral Health: This article looks at the mental state of individuals who have experienced mass violence events and by doing so we can hope to find ways to help these individuals recover. This article  goes on to provide information on immediate and long-term interventions and the effects of mass media exposure following a mass violence incident.
  • Federal Resources for Helping Youth Cope after a School Shooting: This source provides many different sources for helping youth for coping after a school shooting.
  • Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance (TA) Center: Recovery for Schools and School Districts: This document emphasizes efforts towards recovery and how the community can pull together efforts to help those greatly effected by a shooting event. Someone can decline in academics, physically, socially, and emotionally making it very important to help these individuals onto the road to recovery.
  • Child and Youth Victimization Known to Police, School, and Medical Authorities: This document focuses on one of the largest blockades to preventing traumatized children form recovery with that being the lack of reporting. Speaking out and realizing possible traumatizing affects on youth is a very important step onto the road of recovery. By putting in the effort, communities can help youth recover form traumatizing events and help better the community overall