Having Difficult Conversations about School Shootings

May 26, 2022

It’s been days since the most recent school shooting shook America. Amidst the outrage, pain, and fear we may find ourselves at a loss asking questions that don’t have straight forward answers. How do we process and discuss this tragedy with our deaf and hard of hearing students? How do we support our children who fear that this may happen at their school? How do we support ourselves?

Whether you are a parent, caregiver or educator, emotions and stress may be running high and the thought of searching online for these answers can be overwhelming. To offer our support, the CSD Learns team is compiling resources that may be helpful to you and your children.

We want to remind you that we are here to support you in your efforts. If you have any questions, or are in search of a specific resource, please contact us and our team will do our best to help you find what you need. As we find more resources we will share them through our InstagramFacebook, and Twitter.

News Coverage in ASL

Most news outlets explaining the events that took place are only captioned. This is news explained in ASL is covered by The Daily Moth the day after.

Discussing the Recent Shootings – in ASL

A collaboration between Deaf and Hard of Hearing Resilience Center and The National Child Traumatic Stress Network, this video is a bilingual resource for educators, parents, and caregivers to learn how to discuss recent shootings with children.

Teaching Guide for Teachers

This article, written by Facing History, is for teachers who need to navigate conversations in their classroom after violent events have occurred.

Tips for Parents and Teachers

Created by the National Association of School Psychologists, this tip sheet is available as a PDF and can be printed and distributed. It is also available in multiple languages to accommodate your students’ families.

Resources from Sesame Street

Discussing this may be challenging with younger elementary students. Sesame Street in Communities has a series of videos, articles and activities suited to address with simplicity what violence is and staying safe.

Age-Appropriate Discussions

This article by the Today Show covers the specific approaches we can take in discussing with children by specific age group.

Noticing the Signs

Some of us may begin to wonder how we can prevent this from occurring. What are the warning signs to notice in teenagers who are struggling with mental health issues? Chalkbeat lists what we should be paying attention to.

More Resources to Browse Through

American School Counselor Association has a plethora of resources to further explore resources beyond this blogpost.

We know that the resource list above is not exhaustive. If you have any videos, articles, or guides that you’ve found helpful, please share them with us through social media, or through our contact form so we can share them with other educators.

CSD Learns aims to create equity and give the community resources for self-improvement and advocacy. The program’s goal is to provide equity for deaf people in the workplace and give people the tools for self-improvement and autonomous social mobility. By providing self-paced online courses with visual and auditory paths for interaction, we ensure that people from all intersections can engage with our content and build their own pathways to success. CSD Learns’ courses can be accessed by any individual, school, or organization at no cost.
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