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Emergency Information → Resources → Mental Health: Helping Students Cope
From the Office of Student and Community Services, Department of Student Services
MONTGOMERY COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS, Rockville, Maryland
The following information may
prove useful as you help students cope with difficult
Reactions may vary in nature and severity
from student to student, based on age, temperament, personality
and previous experience. These are normal reactions to an
abnormal situation. Regardless of differences,
there are some commonalities that exist in how students and
staff feel when their lives are disrupted by random acts of
violence in the community.
Random acts of violence may trigger
feelings of vulnerability or loss of control in individuals
of all ages. Structure and routine help bring comfort and
a sense of safety.
The response to random community violence
often necessitates a change in routine which students may
find disruptive or unsettling. Try to return to a normal school
routine as quickly as possible, for familiar routines are
It is normal for people of all ages
to react to violent incidents with fear for their own safety.
They may be intensely worried about what will happen to them.
Young children and those students whose lives have been directly
affected by the incidents may be especially focused on safety
concerns. It is important to provide repeated reassurance
County Crisis Center is a free resource available 24 hours/7
days each week. Call 240-777-4000.