Parental Advisory: Helping Your Kids Cope With Trauma In Real Life (CHICAGO HEALTH MAGAZINE)

Hi Readers,

The Dark Knight Rises shooting prompted my latest article, which examines how parents can help their kids cope with trauma. I was fortunate enough to interview Julie Kerkman, whose husband, Steve, an English teacher, survived a school shooting at Millard South High School in Omaha, NE, last year.

At 1 p.m. on Jan. 5, 2011, Steve Kerkman was stooped over the Millard South Patriot’s frozen softball field, tape measure in hand. It was his first day back after winter break—a Wednesday. The pale sun hovered overhead.

On New Year’s Day, a student had driven his car through the school’s football field causing thousands of dollars worth of damage. Luckily, the softball field had been spared.

Kerkman ambled, back-bent, from one side to the other, gathering dimensions for a new chain-link backstop he hoped to install behind home plate. As he hurried to finish, hands freezing in the 20-degree air, he heard a car pull into the parking lot across the way. Then another. Then another. More kept coming. Finally, he peeked up from the tiny numbers on his measuring tape and saw something he would never forget: Idling in the school’s parking lot were 20 police cars…”

To read the full article, click here.

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