Area Students Cope With Minnesota Tragedy

By: Summer Knowles
By: Summer Knowles

One might think that a day after the fatal Minnesota school shootings, school officials would have to work overtime to help students cope with the news of the tragedy. Officials at Monticello and Charlottesville High Schools say that's not the case.

"I don't know of any huge issues we've had, or any students who've gone to guidance counselors and been extremely upset about the situation," says Billy Haun, principal of Monticello High School.

Some officials are saying that they think it is safer to avoid too much discussion about tragic situations like the one in Minnesota.

"You're always worried about those things, but sometimes bringing more light to it you'll get copycat things and stuff like that," Haun says.

But he admits the school system can't ignore the situation altogether. "If students want to talk, we certainly let them because that's the right thing to do, but at the same time we're not going to bring it in and make a huge attention deal out of it."

Kenneth Leatherwood, Principal of Charlottesville High School, says that their school is doing "what most schools would do in situations where you have tragedies happen. If students need assistance, like counseling, it is available."

School Resource Officers, who constantly monitors the halls, say school is generally a secure place to be.

"I think it's a very safe place," said Peter O'Malley. "We've had some isolated incidents, but overall it's safe."

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