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WVU Panel Discusses Sandy Hook School Shooting
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on February 01, 2013 @ 12:15AM
Created on February 01, 2013 @ 10:59PM
Weeks after a gunman killed 20 children at Sandy Hook Elementary School, many of us are still asking why.
 
Some of us have ideas on prevention and other say there's nothing we can do. A panel of education experts got together Thursday night and invited students, faculty and the public to join the discussion.
 
Everyone wants to help children. Those who attended heard ways they can do that. The panel explained sometimes it takes a climate and culture shift in a school. The panel gave the students, and future educators, ideas on what they can do in their schools to help kids cope with even something like a car accident that killed a fellow student.
 
The panel also realizes there are kids who need help. They stressed for educators to be able to recognize children who need special attention. Questions from the audience included ways to beef up the mental health system. Educators hope students walked away learning at least one thing.
 
"I hope that we gave them a perspective from everything to how they can maybe looking at preventing some of these kinds of issues in their school to dealing with these kinds of issues when they happen," said Chris Schimmel, School Counseling Coordinator.
 
One professor said violence is something that's prevalent now in our society and we need to be prepared with ideas on how to help children cope in appropriate ways.

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