- In the News
Late yesterday, Valentine's Day (Feb. 14, 2018), we were all horrified to learn of another mass shooting incident at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL. We now know that 17 people - students and adults - were killed and many others injured and traumatized. Indirectly, the whole community has been traumatized. The person responsible appears to have been a former student expelled from the school a year or two ago.
The loss of life and deep traumatization from such incidents represent personal tragedies of unimaginable proportions for families. There will be lasting emotional and psychological impacts on survivors and the community as a whole. It is heartbreaking.
NACRJ stands with the victims in Parkland, FL. We extend our condolences and support for all those impacted and their families. You are in our thoughts and prayers. We hope that you find some measure of comfort in knowing that you are not alone in this difficult time and place.
Based on news reports this shooting is the 18th episode since Jan. 1, 2018 - roughtly 45 days. Other news reports suggest that over 240 such mass shootings have occured since the 2012 incident at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut where 26 people were killed, mostly elementary school students. The pattern of mass shooting incidents is not observed in other developed nations. Which raises questions - Why in the US? What can be done to prevent it? It is clear we can and must do better.
Such incidents also call on us to consider how best to support and assist those harmed in meaningful and helpful ways as they seek to move forward in their lives.
Michael Gilbert, Ph. D., Executive Director