I just wanted to take a minute to share a few links from the American Federation of Teachers. AFT has been instrumental in helping after the tragedy in Newtown CT.
Today I would like to highlight three links that you can use as well to help deal with this tragedy. The first is the AFT Resource page on dealing with incidences of school violence. Nobody wants to see violence in our schools but it is inevitable. Extreme actions like Newtown are extremely rare. However schools, teachers, and parents have to deal with other violent issues in schools that range from bullying to rape. Use this resource page from AFT to help find ways to better safeguard our children is school.
Along the same lines, AFT has create a page to help educators cope with traumatic events. From page:
“Administrators and educators need to be prepared to deal with any crisis that might arise; such preparation will better equip them to respond to students’ emotional needs in the wake of a crisis. These resources may be of help to you in helping your students cope with fear and trauma.”