American Humane Association Issues Tips Following Shots at Atlanta-area Elementary School
WASHINGTON, D.C., August 20 – Following the firing of shots that led to a frightening emergency evacuation of elementary schoolchildren at McNair Discovery Learning Academy in the greater Atlanta area, the 136-year-old charity American Humane Association issued these tips for parents and other caregivers to help children cope with the terrible fear and uncertainty created by such an incident.
“Few things are more terrifying than hearing that shots have been fired at a school…now imagine what it is like for a child on the scene,” said Dr. Robin Ganzert, president and CEO of American Humane Association. “We are incredibly thankful that none of the children were hurt, but parents and teachers should be aware that incidents like this can affect not only the children at the school where a shooting occurred but those around the country who hear about it. Fear and anxiety can come out in ways that are not immediately seen and we as adults need to be there to help them cope.”
To help, Dr. Ganzert and the experts at American Humane Association recommend the following:
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