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Deer Creek Middle School Starts Healing Process

Deer Creek Middle School Starts Healing Process

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Stress reactions can take on many forms, such as physical, emotional, cognitive, behavioral and spiritual.

February 23, 2010 -- In response to today's tragic shooting at Deer Creek Middle School, the school will be closed Wednesday, February 24, and counselors will be available for students beginning at 7:30 am at Stony Creek Elementary.

The following guidance on general traumatic stress reactions is provided by Dr. Sonayia Shepherd, a school safety expert with Safe Havens International, and one of the authors of Safe Schools Planning Guide for All Hazards, published by Jane's.
Stress reactions can take on many forms, such as physical, emotional, cognitive, behavioral and spiritual.

February 23, 2010 -- In response to today's tragic shooting at Deer Creek Middle School, the school will be closed Wednesday, February 24, and counselors will be available for students beginning at 7:30 am at Stony Creek Elementary.

The following guidance on general traumatic stress reactions is provided by Dr. Sonayia Shepherd, a school safety expert with Safe Havens International, and one of the authors of Safe Schools Planning Guide for All Hazards, published by Jane's.

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Deer Creek Middle School, Littleton, Colorado
 
Deer Creek Middle School StartsHealing Process
School Safety Partners
Stress reactions can take onmany forms, such asphysical, emotional,cognitive, behavioral andspiritual.
February
 
23,
 
2010
‐‐
In
 
response
 
to
 
today's
 
tragic
 
shooting
 
at
 
Deer
 
Creek
 
Middle
 
School,
 
the
 
school
 
will
 
be
 
closed
 
Wednesday,
 
February
 
24,
 
and
 
counselors
 
will
 
be
 
available
 
for
 
students
 
beginning
 
at
 
7:30
 
am
 
at
 
Stony
 
Creek
 
Elementary.
 
The
 
following
 
guidance
 
on
 
general
 
traumatic
 
stress
 
reactions
 
is
 
provided
 
by
 
Dr.
 
Sonayia
 
Shepherd,
 
a
 
school
 
safety
 
expert
 
with
 
Safe
 
Havens
 
International
,
 
and
 
one
 
of 
 
the
 
authors
 
of 
 
Safe
 
Schools
 
Planning
 
Guide
 
for
 
All
 
Hazards
,
 
published
 
by
 
Jane's.According
 
to
 
the
 
International
 
Critical
 
Incident
 
Stress
 
Foundation,
 
before,
 
during,
 
and
 
after
 
a
 
crisis
 
students
 
and
 
staff 
 
may
 
begin
 
experiencing
 
“stress
 
reactions.”
 
These
 
stress
 
reactions
 
can
 
take
 
on
 
many
 
forms,
 
such
 
as
 
physical,
 
emotional,
 
cognitive,
 
behavioral
 
and
 
spiritual.
Physical
 
stress
 
reactions
 
may
 
be
 
present
 
during
 
all
 
phases
 
of 
 
a
 
crisis.
 
If 
 
a
 
child
 
experiences
 
a
 
stress
 
reaction
 
such
 
as
 
insomnia,
 
they
 
may
 
fall
 
asleep
 
in
 
school.
 
It
 
is
 
very
 
important
 
to
 
inform
 
teachers
 
and
 
staff 
 
of 
 
these
 
stress
 
reactions
 
so
 
they
 
are
 
aware
 
of 
 
what
 
they
 
are
 
looking
 
for.
 
It
 
is
 
also
 
necessary
 
to
 
incorporate
 
protocols
 
on
 
referring
 
children
 
for
 
psychological
 
help
 
if 
 
these
 
symptoms
 
do
 
not
 
subside.
 
 
1
 
Typical
 
symptoms
 
include:
Gastrointestinal
Muscular
Cardiovascular
Respiratory
Fatigue
Cognitive
 
stress
 
reactions
 
may
 
include
 
several
 
areas
 
that
 
may
 
be
 
affected.
 
For
 
example,
 
it
 
is
 
very
 
normal
 
for
 
a
 
person
 
to
 
forget
 
easily.
 
Symptoms
 
include:
Time
 
Expansion
 
Slowed
 
Thinking
Difficulty
 
Making
 
Decisions
Dissociation
Memory
 
Problems
Confused/Disoriented
Replays
 
Event
 
Over
 
and
 
Over
Distressing
 
Dreams
Tunnel
 
Vision
Spiritual
 
stress
 
reactions
 
can
 
happen
 
when
 
a
 
person
 
is
 
undergoing
 
a
 
spiritual
 
reaction
 
to
 
trauma,
 
it
 
is
 
extremely
 
important
 
to
 
tap
 
into
 
the
 
faith
 
based
 
community
 
for
 
support.
 
People
 
may
 
begin
 
questioning
 
their
 
faith:
Where
 
is
 
God?
 
/
 
Is
 
It
 
God’s
 
Will?
Is
 
God
 
Trying
 
to
 
Punish
 
Me?
Is
 
God
 
Testing
 
My
 
Faith?
What
 
Kind
 
of 
 
God
 
Would
 
Allow
 
This?
Emotional
 
stress
 
reactions
 
may
 
present
 
themselves
 
in
 
various
 
forms.
 
For
 
example,
 
someone
 
in
 
a
 
room
 
full
 
of 
 
crowded
 
people
 
may
 
exhibit
 
the
 
same
 
signs
 
as
 
someone
 
who
 
has
 
been
 
abandoned.
 
Understanding
 
emotional
 
stress
 
reactions
 
for
 
school
 
personnel
 
is
 
essential.
 
Faculty
 
may
 
also
 
need
 
to
 
be
 
observed
 
and
 
referred
 
for
 
long
 
term
 
assistance.
 
 
2
 
Signs
 
may
 
include:
Shock/Numbness
Denial
Fear/Panic
Grief/Sadness
Intense
 
Anger
Feels
 
Abandoned
Withdrawal/Isolation
Behavioral
 
responses
 
to
 
trauma
 
may
 
occur
 
at
 
any
 
time.
 
Observing
 
students
 
before,
 
during
 
and
 
after
 
school
 
hours
 
affords
 
a
 
good
 
opportunity
 
to
 
note
 
any
 
changes
 
in
 
activity
 
levels
 
such
 
as
 
sleeping,
 
social
 
interactions
 
and
 
playing.
Suspicious/Cautious
Repeats
 
the
 
Story
 
Rapid
 
Intense
 
Mood
 
Changes
Antisocial
 
Acts
Intense
 
Startle
 
Reflex
Alcohol/Drug
 
Abuse
Changes
 
in
 
Activity
 
Levels
 
(eating,
 
sleeping,
 
play,
 
etc.)
It
 
is
 
important
 
to
 
understand
 
that
 
surviving
 
a
 
traumatic
 
event
 
may
 
intensify
 
existing
 
conditions
 
such
 
as:
attention
deficit
 
hyperactivity
 
disorder
dissociative
 
disorders
eating
 
disorders
major
 
depression
oppositional
 
defiant
 
disorder
phobias
separation
 
anxiety
 
To
 
help
 
students
 
and
 
staff 
 
cope
 
with
 
stress
 
reactions,
 
schools
 
should
 
identify
 
a
 
“Drop
In
 
Room”
 
which
 
is
 
a
 
quiet
 
place
 
staffed
 
with
 
mental
 
health
 
personnel
 
where
 
students
 
and
 
staff 
 
can
 
“drop
 
in”
 
and
 
process
 
reactions,
 
talk
 
about
 
feelings
 
and
 
engage
 
in
 
crisis
 
intervention
 
activities.
 
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