Echoes of Gunfire
Imagine the hours and weeks after you've witnessed a school shooting. You run the emotional gamut between disorientation and severe anxiety. When you return to the classroom, you're unsure how to cope. Your classroom used to be a safe space; is it still? In this book, the experience of two teachers before, during and after they witnessed school shootings are analyzed to determine the effects of these incidents on their lives. In one case, a teacher who observed a shooting of one student by another, struggled with severe Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Her issues, along with actions by school administration, led to her psychological disability. In the second case, at a different school, another teacher watched a gunman randomly firing at students; he was able to continue teaching. A comparison helps to understand the psychological and organizational factors that affect educators who witnessed a school shooting.
This book would be critical in courses training school administrators, and for those teaching graduate research courses. In addition, this would be useful for mental health professionals and emergency responders seeking to get a glimpse into what teachers who witness school shootings are going through.
Chapter 17. A Question About Protecting Participants
· 1 7 · A QUESTION ABOUT PROTECTING PARTICIPANTS
“It seems the voices of the participants, as you called them, is important in this kind of research. What did you say this type of qualitative research is called?” Janice asked.
“Narrative research, and yes, their voices, their messages, are critical.”
“It seems so personal, since you had to leave out personal details that you thought did not affect the study.”
“It was personal, yes.” I responded.
“How did you protect them? I mean, their rights and privacy?”
“Well, first of all, as you know, I did not use real names.”
“Right – I still find it hard to see her as ‘Melissa!’ ” Janice chuckled.
“Well, that’s a level of protection.”
“I’m glad to hear that she was protected. What else did you do?” Janice asked.
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