A Message About Texas

5.24.22


A Message About Texas


The horrific news coming out of Texas, where elementary school students died at the hands of a gunman is heartbreaking and difficult to comprehend. Another school shooting. Many remember where they were and what they were doing when Columbine happened. And Sandy Hook. And Parkland. And others. Unimaginable, as a parent or educator. We love our children beyond words. 


Our hearts are with the families, educators, and community in Uvalde, Texas. 


With heavy hearts, this is a reminder that we can do more in our community, too. We must work together to continue to support the emotional and mental health of our students and adults. We can all pay attention to those around us, and offer support where needed. Check in on each other. Take time to listen. If you know someone is struggling, encourage them to get help. 


Your children might have questions or want to talk about what happened. If you aren’t sure the best way to have this conversation, a few ideas are shared below. There isn’t one “right” way and you know your child best. 


One of the best gifts of Clear Creek is the community. We are connected and we care about each other. 


Hug your children and know that they are loved. 


Warmly,

Karen Quanbeck

Superintendent & Lead Learner


Resources for Talking to Children

Common Sense Media: How to Talk to Kids about School Shootings

10 Strategies for Talking to Children About School Shootings

Parents: How to Talk to Kids About Gun Violence

Scholastic: How to Talk to Your Kids About School Shootings

Mental Health Resources

Jefferson Center for Mental Health: Individual and Family Mental Health Support Services

Colorado Crisis Services: Call 1-844-493-8255 or Text "TALK" to 38255 for support with mental health, substance use or emotional crisis, 24/7. Walk in: Crisis and Recovery Center 4643 Wadsworth Blvd, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033, also 24/7.

Resilience1220: Free, Confidential Counseling. For young people ages 12-20 who reside in the mountain communities west of the Denver metro area in Colorado.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Find support for yourself or others. Learn to identify suicide warning signs and how to get help. 24 Hour Hotline 1-800-273-TALK (8255) 

Safe2Tell: Anonymously report anything that concerns or threatens you, your friends, your family or your community