Impact of Mass Shootings on Schools – Podcast Episode 195 | Classnotes Podcast 195

Classnotes Podcast (August 30, 2019). Following the tragic mass shooting at the Walmart in El Paso, the trauma does not end when the television cameras go away. The community is impacted, as are its school students and staff. In this episode, we sit down with IDRA education associate, José A. Velázquez, M.Ed., for whom El Paso is home. He describes the El Paso community and the back-to-school energy in the air during this season.

He is joined by Morgan Craven, J.D., IDRA national director of policy, and Michelle Martínez Vega, IDRA technology coordinator. They discuss the responsibility of school leaders for school safety and the critical importance of turning to research-based strategies to prepare for and respond to traumatic events. The IDRA EAC-South provides technical assistance and training to build capacity of local educators to serve their diverse student populations.

Show length: 16:03 min.


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Show Notes

  • José talks about El Paso, its people, and the local community. He shares his personal and professional connection to the city, including the area where the shooting occurred.

  • José and Michelle talk about the traditions and sense of hope that come with the annual back-to-school season.

  • Morgan considers how violence can break down these traditions and rhythms for a school community, even if a shooting doesn’t occur at the school.

  • José recommends approaches for supporting faculty, staff, students, and families, helping them feel safe and building a stronger culture.