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The United States has collectively experienced a lot of grief in its recent cultural memory. The Sandy Hook Shooting in Newtown, Connecticut followed the movie theater shooting in Aurora Colorado by less than six months. A total of 40 people were murdered and 60 people were injured in both shootings. The majority of the murders at Sandy Hook were children. These struggles hit very close to home for those in Virginia who remember the deaths of 32 people, at Virginia Tech, at the hands of a mentally disturbed Seung-Hui Cho, who also killed himself. Now people in Virginia are re-living what some are calling a “retraumatization” as a result of recent shootings. Lawmakers in Virginia plan on taking actions that should benefit their state and hopefully pave the way for others. Rob Krupicka, who is a lawmaker for the state of Virginia says, ”I think that instead of arming our teachers with guns, we should be arming our teachers with tools to identify mental health issues in their school community and get those students the kind of support they need so that tragedies don’t happen.” Recently Krupicka has introduced a bill that would cost $2.5 million. The money would be used to provide Virginia teachers with mental health training. Programs like Mental Health First Aid have already shown good results in mental health training. It is a 12 hour training course that not only points out signs of mental illness, but also aims to remove stigmas surrounding mental illnesses. Providing courses like these for both teachers and students will help to create a safer environment for everyone.

VA Proposing to Spend $2.5 Million To Prevent Future School Shootings

krupikaThe United States has collectively experienced a lot of grief in its recent cultural memory. The Sandy Hook Shooting in Newtown, Connecticut followed the movie theater shooting in Aurora Colorado by less than six months. A total of 40 people were murdered and 60 people were injured in both shootings. The majority of the murders at Sandy Hook were children.

These struggles hit very close to home for those in Virginia who remember the deaths of 32 people, at Virginia Tech, at the hands of a mentally disturbed Seung-Hui Cho, who also killed himself. Now people in Virginia are re-living what some are calling a “retraumatization” as a result of recent shootings. Lawmakers in Virginia plan on taking actions that should benefit their state and hopefully pave the way for others.

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