I know. It’s Monday, not Friday. But I decided to wait until today to send you a newsletter so I can highlight stories my colleagues and I have written about the STEM School Highlands Ranch shooting, in which one student died and eight others were injured.
The incident at STEM is just the latest school shooting to occur in the metro area in recent years. An analysis by The Denver Post found that since 1999, there have been more school shootings, per million people, in the Denver metropolitan statistical area than any of the nation’s 24 other largest metro areas.
In the days after STEM became the site of the most recent school shooting, students, parents and the community will have to face the trauma of the tragedy.
Experts say such events can make children — and adults — feel unsafe. It can also disrupt their sleep, cause anxiety, and, in some cases, lead to post-traumatic stress disorder.
The frequency in which shootings, threats and lockdowns occur can also weigh on people, making them feel hopeless, mental health experts said.
Read more here.
Here’s what I’m reading:
- The parents of a 3-year-old in Florida refused additional hospital care to treat his leukemia, preferring natural remedies. But when they refused the treatment, child protective investigators took the boy into custody. — Tampa Bay Times
- Instead of turning to other men or therapists, American men are leaning on women for emotional support. — Harper’s Bazaar
- City leaders were aware of a Florida mayor’s problems but didn’t move to address them for nearly two years. In one instance, a SWAT team arrived to arrest the mayor on charges of practicing medicine without a license. — Tampa Bay Times
- In Alabama, lawmakers are considering a bill to make abortion a felony. An amendment to allow abortions in cases of rape and incest was removed from the bill last week. — AL.com
- In 2017, many hospitals charged more than what Medicare would pay. — The New York Times
See you in two weeks — Jessica
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