Team of Counselors Help Students Heal After Shooting - KTVN Channel 2 - Reno Tahoe News Weather, Video -

Team of Counselors Help Students Heal After Shooting

Posted: Updated:

Our community is focused on helping students and their families cope with the Sparks Middle School shooting. To do that they've assembled a special team of counselors to help. And while Erin Danielsen is usually focused on Wooster High School, Monday night she was part of the team that talked with 40 families from Sparks Middle School. And she said she heard the same concerns over and over again.

"The biggest concern parents had was how to help support their child. 'How do I support them and help them sleep at night? How do I as a parent help them work this and deal with parenting myself?," she said. "And kids wanted to know why this happened."

She said time and patience help. And so does just talking about it.

"Talk...but don't push," she said. "If they don't want to talk, don't make them. Let them come to you but don't be afraid to check in with them and ask them how you can help," she said.

She said that overexposure to the media, just rewatching the same events over and over can make it harder on everyone, but staying up on what's new is a help. And she said that getting back in a routine always helps.

"The fact that they've had this week off will help, but getting back to school on Monday will help too."

The Washoe County School District is already moving that way. Katherine Loudon, the district's Director of Counseling says they are gearing up and getting ready.

"We have staff and counselors here at the District Offices today, we are planning to let staff back in to the school tomorrow to start getting ready for the kids to return Monday. And we plan to have a lot of extra staff from the district and volunteers from the community on hand to help next week."

Free counseling sessions are happening until 7:30pm at Virginia Palmer Elementary School, at Sparks High School and at the Larry Johnson Community Center in Sparks. For more information and help call the school district at (775) 348-0200.

Written by Erin Breen

  • Today's Top StoriesMore>>

  • Pedro Martinez will Return to Work Friday

    Pedro Martinez will Return to Work Friday

    Thursday, July 31 2014 9:50 PM EDT2014-08-01 01:50:16 GMT
    Pedro Martinez tells Channel 2 News that he will return to work Friday as the Superintendent of the Washoe County School District. More >>
    Pedro Martinez tells Channel 2 News that he will return to work Friday as the Superintendent of the Washoe County School District. More >>
  • Congress Sends VA Overhaul to White House

    Congress Sends VA Overhaul to White House

    Thursday, July 31 2014 9:04 PM EDT2014-08-01 01:04:29 GMT
    Congress has passed a landmark bill to help veterans avoid long waits for health care and fix other problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs.More >>
    Congress has passed a landmark bill to help veterans avoid long waits for health care and fix other problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs.More >>
  • Tesla Prepares Site Near Reno, But Still Evaluating Other Factory Locations

    Tesla Prepares Site Near Reno, But Still Evaluating Other Factory Locations

    Thursday, July 31 2014 9:01 PM EDT2014-08-01 01:01:03 GMT
    Electric car maker Tesla Motors says it is preparing a site near Reno, as a possible location for its new battery factory, but is still evaluating other locations. In a statement, Tesla says it broke ground on the site in June, and adds that it will decide on the final location for the $5 billion factory in the next few months.More >>
    Electric car maker Tesla Motors says it is preparing a site near Reno, as a possible location for its new battery factory, but is still evaluating other locations. In a statement, Tesla says it broke ground on the site in June, and adds that it will decide on the final location for the $5 billion factory in the next few months.More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and Sarkes Tarzian, Inc. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.