We are all overwhelmed with sadness and shock regarding the senseless mass shooting at a Texas elementary school Tuesday, May 24. Nearly 20 students and two adults were murdered in yet another attack on our schools. Our hearts go out to the families, friends, students and educators in Uvalde. It is truly heartbreaking.
When we see such acts of violence, it is natural to ask what are our schools doing to ensure safety, as well as to ask how can I talk to our children about this.
Safety is a top priority of Duluth Public Schools. For years, we have trained on intruder scenarios, including ALICE training. We have secured entrances at each of our schools, which requires buzz in entry. We also know that relationships and mental health care are extremely important in avoiding such situations and have invested deeply in social-emotional learning, positive behavior interventions and supports, and other mental health supports. We also have a strong partnership with the Duluth Police Department, including our school resource officer program.
When considering resources that you might use in talking with your students, here are a few resources:
- Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers from the National Association of School Psychologists.
- Helping your children manage distress in the aftermath of a shooting from the American Psychological Association.
There’s nothing I can say to minimize the pain and horror of such horrible events, but I assure you that we will do everything possible to make sure that our schools are safe and our students are supported.
No words could fully express my sorrow to those affected, please know that we will be here for our students and families who may need additional care.
With deep sadness,
To get help:
- Call 911 in an emergency
- Warm line: 651-288-0400 or text “Support” to 85511
- Crisis line: 218-623-1800, Dial 2 for crisis
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK / 1-800-273-8255
- Crisis Text Line: Text MN to 741741
- Arrowhead Regional Crisis Line: 1-877-772-4724
- Trevor Project Crisis Line (LGBTQ+): 1-866-488-7386 or text START to 678678