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 20. A Question About Findings: Melissa
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“I am so glad to hear that he got the support he needed. And I see why you decided to compare the two of them,” Janice said.
“You do?” I asked.
“Yes, one person is still wrestling with a lot of pain, and she lost her profession, while another person was able to go back to work.”
“So, it makes me really want to ask, why were there two different outcomes?”
“Well, to answer that, we need to go back to my research questions, and apply them to the interviews,” I responded.
The Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Construct
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