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Schools Reflect on Safety

Posted: December 19, 2012 at 1:47 a.m.

Cpl. Tommy Wooten of the Springdale Police Department listens to his radio Tuesday at Springdale Har-Ber High School. Cpl. Wooten, one of five school resource officers for the district, is in charge of Har-Ber High School and two elementary schools in the district. School resource officers are designed to help the school with building security and safety in addition to investigating crimes that happen on school grounds. In the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting, security procedure and standards at Har-Ber are under review to look for possible improvements.

Last week’s school shooting in Connecticut has prompted local school officials to reassure parents of their children’s safety and to pay extra attention to building safety procedures.

At A Glance

Tips On Helping Children In Disaster

Parental reaction in the face of tragedy or disaster is important to children, according to the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. Headaches, stomachaches, nightmares, bedwetting or acting out in anger can all be common childhood responses to traumatic stress. If needed, seek professional help.

Safety First

Children need to know that parents, teachers and other caregivers will do their best to keep them safe. Young children may not realize disaster is over or happened far away. Familiar routines, hugs and reassurances can help.

Monitor Your Child’s Exposure

Children cope better when they understand what is going on, but pictures and sounds from television, radio or Internet news coverage – even phone conversations – can negatively affect them. Use news coverage as a way to ask your child what she or he has heard and to explain that they are safe.

Talk With Your Child

Ask what they know and listen to what they have to say. They may not have a correct idea of what happened. Tell them gently, in language they can understand. Be a role model. Tell children being sad is OK.

Source: National Child Traumatic Stress Network

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