April 12, 2014

PSEA community shocked and saddened at Franklin Regional High School tragedy

The tragic events at Franklin Regional High School in Westmoreland County on Wednesday, April 9, resulting in the stabbings of 21 students and a security guard, shocked and deeply saddened PSEA's leaders, members, and staff.

PSEA President Mike Crossey issued the following statement in the wake of the tragedy: "Violence has no place in our schools, and we are all saddened and disturbed when our students and educators are victims and witnesses to it. Our members send their prayers and compassion in support of the Franklin Regional families impacted by the senseless violence that occurred there today."

NEA President Dennis Van Roekel also issued a statement on behalf of the NEA community. Read that statement here.

As details surrounding this tragic incident continue to emerge, PSEA commends the administrators, staff, and students of Franklin Regional High School for their efforts to quickly respond to the situation and care for the students and staff directly impacted. 

Resources for addressing school violence and trauma  
Often, these tragedies leave behind questions, fear, and uncertainty. To help educators, parents, and students discuss these difficult situations, PSEA has compiled resources to address issues of violence in our schools, including tools and information for talking with children about violence and reassuring them that they are safe.

Please feel free to share these resources with others in your community.

1. NEA School Crisis Guide
This step-by-step resource created by educators for educators can make it easier for union leaders, school district administrators, and principals to keep schools safe — before, during, and after a crisis.

2. A National Tragedy: Helping Children Cope
What adults, and specifically parents and schools, can do to help children cope with a national tragedy.

3. Talking to Children About Violence
Information for parents and educators on how to talk to children about violence.

4. Listen, Protect and Connect: Psychological First Aid for Teachers and Schools
This resource explains how to help students in times of school crises and tragedies.

5. What to Consider When Planning Memorial Activities at School
Do's and Don'ts for planning memorial activities at schools. How a school approaches a memorial can make a difference in the healing nature of the process.




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