Now we have another Oregon shooting tragedy which continues a string of recent school shootings. Our teachers are being required to attend trainings on how to actively respond to potential incidents of a shooter in the school building. Perhaps the real question should be: How can we help children whom we identify in preschool or Elementary school as children who need support with social skills such as anger management, problem-solving, making and keeping friends?
During my years as a classroom teacher I typically had 5-10 students each year who could have benefitted from counseling and social skills support. It is very frustrating to watch year after year as these students move through our classrooms of 25-30 kids and we do our best to support these children and their families without school counseling services.
Will anything change in in our schools because of the Roseburg shootings? I doubt it. Can teachers and educational assisstants identify students who could benefit from counseling and social skills support? Absolutely! Let's hope that there is going to be a true commitment in the future to provide these supports to our needy students.