FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 9, 2014
Contact: Bevin Theodore, Director of PR & Communications
800-25-PEACE, ext. 7797
KidsPeace can help Pittsburgh-area school community process emotions in wake of school stabbings
SCHNECKSVILLE, Pa. – Horror tore through a Pittsburgh-area school today after officials say a knife-wielding teenager went on a rampage, stabbing 19 students and a security guard.
The violent attack at Franklin Regional Senior High School in Murrysville, Pa., is the latest in what often feels like an endless string of violent crimes in schools and public venues. While recovering from physical wounds is the primary concern right now for the victims, it is inevitable that the injured, as well as others who witnessed the violence, will need emotional healing in the coming weeks and months.
It is difficult enough for adults involved in traumatic situations to process their emotions and move toward healing. But for teenagers, the levels of anxiety and fear can become even more crippling as they grapple with questions of why the attack happened and what it means for school safety, which they likely took for granted before the violence. Even teens who were not injured or directly involved in the attack could struggle with various emotions from anger to apprehension to guilt that they were spared injury.
KidsPeace prides itself on being able to help children, parents and communities process these types of senseless crimes. Julius Licata, Ph.D., Director of TeenCentral.Net and ParentCentral.Net, is available to speak about the short- and long-term impact of such events, as well as to offer guidance on how to talk to children about the stabbing and help them process what occurred. For interviews or other information, please call him at 610-799-7913.
For 130 years, KidsPeace has been building on its expertise to give hope, help and healing to children, families and communities throughout the United States. Through its comprehensive range of residential treatment programs; accredited educational services; unique psychiatric hospital and foster care and community-based programs, KidsPeace is dedicated to helping people connect, transform and overcome their challenges to ensure a stable future, transition to adulthood and gain independence. Since its doors opened in 1882, more than 200,000 children have participated in one of the multitude of programs KidsPeace offers. For additional resources or more information on how to get involved, become a foster parent or make a donation, please visit www.kidspeace.org. Follow us at www.facebook.com/kidspeace.org or on Twitter @KidsPeace.