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Sandy Hook Students Resume Classes Today, What Are The Grief Concerns?

January 3, 2013

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Sandy Hook Students Resume Classes Today, What Are The Grief Concerns?


The youngsters who survived the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary returned to class Thursday for the first time since the shooting rampage, settling in at their old, familiar desks but in a different school in a different town.

Classes resumed for the first time since last month’s shooting in Newtown, where a gunman killed 20 first-graders and six educators.

With their original school still being treated as a crime scene, the more than 400 students are attending classes at a refurbished school in the neighboring town of Monroe. Law enforcement officers have been guarding the new school, and by the reckoning of police, it is “the safest school in America.”

What are the grief concerns as children re-enter an environment when last present resulted in a deadly massacre? Last week we featured an article on ‘Facebook ghosts‘ and the setbacks in the grief healing process users had when they would see a Facebook post or recommendation from deceased friends and family, what about these children and teachers who are now spending 8 hours a day in a place that is a constant reminder of horror?

Of course life must continue and they are in a different building 7 miles away from the crime scene, but I still don’t think that makes the situation any easier for those involved. I had this same conversation with my wife earlier this week and we both can’t image what it would be like having to send our daughters back into that environment of a public school setting. I honestly can’t image it.

So, from a grief and healing perspective, how do this teachers and students finish healing while back in an environment that is a constant reminder of the tragedy they are grieving?