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Schools near tragedy offer support for students

(Source: Orange Grove Middle School) (Source: Orange Grove Middle School)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Principals of at least two schools near the scene of a murder-suicide on Friday, April 14, that left two people dead and one hurt have communicated plans for emotional support for their students.

Manzanita Elementary School

Dear Parents,

When something tragic happens in our world, we, as parents, find ourselves struggling over how to talk about it with our kids. When that something is in our own backyard, it feels more personal and that much more difficult.

My thoughts go out to the victims of last night’s shooting at Firebirds, and their families, as well as to all who were in the vicinity last night.

Below are three useful resources for those who may be looking for guidance about processing what happened with their children:

From the American Academy of Pediatrics: https://www.healthychildren.org/English/family-life/Media/Pages/Talking-To-Children-About-Tragedies-and-Other-News-Events.aspx

From the American Psychological Association: http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/talking-to-children.aspx

From Common Sense Media: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/blog/explaining-the-news-to-our-kids

These resources will be shared with our Manzanita staff, as well. At school next week, we plan to carry on with business as usual, being mindful of the impact that this may have had on our students and families.

Ms. Faber, our school counselor will be available to speak with any students who need extra support during this time. Feel free to contact her (kfaber@cfsd16.org) or your child’s teacher if you have a specific concern to discuss related to this matter.

Sincerely,
Kim Boling
Principal

Orange Grove Middle School

Dear OGMS Families,

We echo messages sent out from Manzanita Elementary and CFHS Principals to families regarding the tragedy at Firebirds this past Friday evening.

While we have not heard much conversation because students are busy with their AzMERIT testing, we do not want to neglect that everyone processes things at different times and in different ways. I want to assure you that our counselors, adsministrators and even our SRO will be available throughout the week to help students who may want additional support.

I want to take the opportunity to encourage parents to remind their son/daughter to seek guidance if they are feeling overly sad or in need of assistance. I also encourage you to continue to discuss with your children the seriousness of being aware of one's surroundings, including emergency evacuation protocols. These are skills learned at school but apply to all areas of life. If they see any unusual or suspicious activities, they should immediately report it to their parents and/or call 911.

At OGMS, we also provide an Anonymous Tip Line at 520-209-8299 to share any concerns related to illegal or harmful activities. By working in partnership, students, staff, parents and police can continue to provide safe and secure schools for everyone. Below are three useful resources for those who may be looking for guidance about processing this tragedy in our community:

From the American Academy of Pediatrics: https://www.healthychildren.org/English/family-life/Media/Pages/Talking-To-Children-About-Tragedies-and-Other-News-Events.aspx

From the American Psychological Association: http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/talking-to-children.aspx

From Common Sense Media: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/blog/explaining-the-news-to-our-kids

Sincerely,
Susan Rosenthal
Principal

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