Texas school shooting swells ranks of traumatized teachers -Breaking
By Tim Reid
(Reuters) – Ivy Schamis, a teenager gunman who killed two high school students in Florida and injured four more in her Florida classroom in 2018, found strength to continue teaching for another two years.
Missy Didds watched her five students be gunned-down by a former student in Minnesota. In 2005 she was in her class. Missy returned to her job for six weeks, before giving up on the dream.
After another teenager gunman killed 19 elementary students and 2 teachers in Texas, memories of the terror they caused came back to haunt them.
It is still a difficult thought to think that those children were not sent home. Dodds said, “I can’t even describe how much it hurt.” Miss Dodds was my math teacher that morning. The afternoon was over.
Guns have been fired more than 2,000 times in schools since 1970, according to a database by the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security that tracks shootings affecting students from kindergarten through the 12th grade.
Trauma can be left behind by tragedies. It is therapeutic for some teachers to get back in the classroom. Some educators find it difficult to get over the traumas and horrors that they experienced.
Schamis was the social studies teacher at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school in Parkland, when a teenager gunman shot and killed 14 of his students and three other staff members on Valentine’s Day 2004. Although the school eventually reopened, her classroom is still sealed as a crime site.
Schamis claimed that the item was frozen in time. “I have even got a box Valentine’s chocolates on my desk.”
Her Holocaust survivors, who spoke to her students about their history, encouraged her to return to teaching in another building.
Schamis said, “They instilled me with their resilience. Hope and love.”
Schamis, her husband, and their vow to her junior and senior classes to graduate, moved to Washington, D.C., for a new start. Schamis no longer teaches.
Dodds stated that she has severe survivor’s guilt, and continues therapy seventeen years after Red Lake Senior High School gunman shot five of her students as they were hunched over desks.
He was only in my classroom for about 90 seconds, according to the FBI. It was 15 minutes, I believed. This is what happens in these emergency situations,” Dodds said, who was a former disabled advocate and now works as a school safety advocate.
In the United States, there have been many school shootings. A group of 29 principals from schools who were victims to gun violence in their classrooms formed a support network.
A guide was created by the Principal Recovery Network to provide practical guidance for school leaders following a shooting. This guide recommends that you hold an immediate staff meeting, monitor the mental health and condition of your students, ensure the school’s complete repair and painting before opening, as well as advice regarding the use of therapy dogs.
Frank DeAngelis of the network stated that he reached out to Robb Elementary School, Uvalde Texas, where Tuesday’s shooting took place.
DeAngelis, Columbine High School principal on April 20, 1999 when 12 students killed one other teacher and then shot DeAngelis.
It was at the time the most deadly school shooting in American history. Today, it is fourth on the grimest list. It was surpassed only by Uvalde and Parkland deaths.
DeAngelis claimed that although he initially planned to quit, a priest urged him to continue helping the school to rebuild. Columbine was his principal for 15 more years following the massacre.
He continues to attend therapy, 23 years after his diagnosis.
DeAngelis stated that “when I went back for the first time, I struggled.” “I jumped every time I heard loud sounds. “I imagined children lying in bloody pools.”
DeAngelis stated that his counselor encouraged him to remember the happy times with all of the students who were killed.
He said, “I imagined them in school plays, high-fiving or looking at me in hallways.” I had to remember their lives, not grieve their passing.