For Tennessee’s class of 2022, a majority of their high school experience has been overshadowed by a global health crisis, social unrest, virtual learning and, most recently, mass shootings. But through it all, students say they’ve learned to be patient with themselves, to not be afraid to ask for help and that the bad days don’t last forever.
Following traumatic mass casualty events, like school shootings, Dr. Jessika Boles, a child life specialist at Monroe Carrell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, advises creating a safe space for children to freely ask questions and share their feelings.
Robb Elementary School is a rural town about 85 miles west of San Antonio, Texas. Authorities say the mass shooter was an 18-year-old man.
Vanderbilt offers African American studies and Latino studies, but when it comes to classes on the Asian American experience, the university has fallen short, students say.
The Murfreesboro Police Department has made an arrest related to Wednesday night’s high school graduation shooting.
“I’m overwhelmed and really stressed,” says Kaitlyn Key, a new mom from Springfield. “I can’t produce enough breast milk, and now, I can’t find the food that my child needs because it’s gone.”