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What happens after a traumatic event at school?

0206_trauma-author-284x300A law school near Ground Zero in New York City discovered it no longer had a record of students, after its computer system was destroyed on 9/11.

Schools in New Orleans post-Katrina watched as high schoolers started sucking their thumbs.
Carolyn Lunsford Mears is author of “Reclaiming School in the Aftermath of Trauma.”

Columbine High School became balloon-free for years after the mass shooting there because the explosive sound of balloons popping would send kids diving under the desks. Violent novels were dropped from the curriculum.

How do you reclaim a school after a traumatic event?

A new book seeks to answer that question, and to demystify the trauma. Carolyn Lunsford Mears is author of “Reclaiming School in the Aftermath of Trauma: Advice Based on Experience,” a collection of essays from trauma survivors.

Mears’ son survived the Columbine school shooting in 1999, and she went on to study trauma.

The book includes advice from teachers and students who have all been there – from Columbine and Virginia Tech, to September 11th and Hurricane Katrina.

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