Dear DATA Families, 

As you know, there was a shooting at Washington MS last Friday and our hearts go out to the families, students, and staff that were affected. This tragic event affects us all in many ways. The DATA staff and counseling department are aware that students may be struggling with this event and need additional support as we start the school year. Be assured that we will work with our students to help them process, heal, and move forward.

Our greatest strength is each other and knowing what we do every day is true to our values and what it means to be a member of our DATA community. Our community is an extension of our neighborhoods, our city and our state. We value the relationships we have with our families and students and know that it is the most important aspect of creating a safe and supportive learning environment. Know that you can reach out to us at any time if you have questions or wish to share concerns. 

A shooting at a school and the loss of a schoolmate are terrible and traumatic events for students, families, and the community. As a parent or guardian, you may want to talk to your child about their feelings. One of the most helpful things you can do is listen. If your child wants to talk, answer questions simply and honestly. Be prepared to answer the same questions repeatedly.

Tragedies such as these affect each person in different ways. How children react depends on many factors including their age, prior experiences, and relationship with those involved.

Your child may exhibit many of the following responses:

  • Appear unaffected
  • Ask questions about the event repeatedly
  • Be angry or aggressive
  • Be withdrawn or moody
  • Be sad or depressed
  • Become afraid
  • Have difficulty sleeping or eating

There are many options available to people who need help. One valuable resource to support you or your child is the New Mexico Crisis Line staffed around the clock by licensed therapists. You can call them any time at 855-662-7474 or visit their New Mexico Crisis Line website External link