ERIC Number: ED357304
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Aug
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Crisis at a Bronx Junior High: Responding to School-Related Violence.
Seltzer, Joel A.
Responding to dramatically increased levels of urban violence, inner-city school districts have recognized the need to address the psychological impact of violent events by organizing Crisis Response Teams. In New York's south Bronx neighborhoods, where violence appears endemic, the schools often serve children's basic needs by providing a safe and secure environment, in addition to meeting educational goals. The purpose of this case study presentation is to examine the impact of a violent shooting incident at a Bronx junior high school on children and staff, their post-traumatic reactions to the incident, and the response of the school district's crisis team providing various interventions at the school level. The incident is used to illustrate crisis team planning, assessment, provision of psychological "first aid," and team debriefing following acts of violence; the responsibility of school psychologists to help others cope with the emotional and psychological effects of traumatic episodes is emphasized. It is concluded that in a modest way crisis intervention work allows school psychologists to perform this humane function: serving children and others during a most traumatic and emotionally painful experience in the hope of redirecting their lives for the better. (Author/ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Location: New York (New York)