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School shooting scares in Florida cause mental health concerns

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Just one month into the school year and it seems a different campus is dealing with a scare every day. Mainland High School students in Daytona Beach had to shelter in place on Friday after an emergency alarm was sounded. The police chief says a shooting threat was made, but they did not find anything. Related: Police chief: ‘No shots fired’ at Mainland High School Police chief: ‘No shots fired’ at Mainland High SchoolWest Orange High School had a written threat that put the school on a hold. The next day, another scare sent officers searching through the campus. Related: Person being questioned after another threat made against West Orange High School Winter Springs High School in Seminole County dealt with a code red lockdown this week after the sound of a student throwing a chair at a window caused panic.Related: Inaccurate report of shooting at Winter Springs High School stemmed from noise of thrown chair”After the Uvalde shooting, parents, students and educators are on edge,” president of the National School Safety and Security Services, Ken Trump, said. “We need to focus more on mental detectors; dealing with the social, emotional and mental health supports for kids than we do on metal detectors.” More people are thinking about mass shootings after seeing several recently happen across the country. “So it’s really a challenge,” Trump said. “Educators are struggling on how to create an increased sensitivity and awareness to school safety while at the same time not creating additional trauma, stressors and anxiety to already anxious kids, teachers and parents.”Licensed marriage and family therapist Cherlette McCullough says it’s been impacting mental health in children. “Their behaviors, their abilities to concentrate and focus, their abilities to be able to connect with people,” McCullough said. Parents are advised to welcome open and honest conversations with their kids. “Just asking ‘How do you feel about what happened? What do you know about what happened today? What did you see? How did you feel in that space? How do you feel about returning to school? What other ways can I do to support you during this time?'” McCullough said. “Just allowing them to really have an emotional dump.” McCullough says if parents notice changes in their children’s behaviors, they should seek help from mental health professionals.

Just one month into the school year and it seems a different campus is dealing with a scare every day.

Mainland High School students in Daytona Beach had to shelter in place on Friday after an emergency alarm was sounded. The police chief says a shooting threat was made, but they did not find anything.

Related: Police chief: ‘No shots fired’ at Mainland High School Police chief: ‘No shots fired’ at Mainland High School

West Orange High School had a written threat that put the school on a hold. The next day, another scare sent officers searching through the campus.

Related: Person being questioned after another threat made against West Orange High School

Winter Springs High School in Seminole County dealt with a code red lockdown this week after the sound of a student throwing a chair at a window caused panic.

Related: Inaccurate report of shooting at Winter Springs High School stemmed from noise of thrown chair

“After the Uvalde shooting, parents, students and educators are on edge,” president of the National School Safety and Security Services, Ken Trump, said. “We need to focus more on mental detectors; dealing with the social, emotional and mental health supports for kids than we do on metal detectors.”

More people are thinking about mass shootings after seeing several recently happen across the country.

“So it’s really a challenge,” Trump said. “Educators are struggling on how to create an increased sensitivity and awareness to school safety while at the same time not creating additional trauma, stressors and anxiety to already anxious kids, teachers and parents.”

Licensed marriage and family therapist Cherlette McCullough says it’s been impacting mental health in children.

“[It’s impacting] their behaviors, their abilities to concentrate and focus, their abilities to be able to connect with people,” McCullough said.

Parents are advised to welcome open and honest conversations with their kids.

“Just asking ‘How do you feel about what happened? What do you know about what happened today? What did you see? How did you feel in that space? How do you feel about returning to school? What other ways can I do to support you during this time?'” McCullough said. “Just allowing them to really have an emotional dump.”

McCullough says if parents notice changes in their children’s behaviors, they should seek help from mental health professionals.

She says parents should also take care of themselves as well.

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