(AURORA, Colo.) — When kids return to school from summer vacation in Aurora, Colo., next Thursday, they can expect something quite different from their usual first day of class.
School officials are mindful of the trauma many youngsters are likely still experiencing following the July 20 mass shooting at a movie theater that left 12 people dead and 58 wounded.
As it happened, 50 teens from Gateway High School were at the midnight screening of The Dark Knight Returns when everything suddenly turned tragic.
In an effort to help worried parents, the district plans to bolster security at Aurora schools and have more counselors on hand to speak with youngsters who might be having a hard time dealing with their emotions.
In addition, a special crisis management committee has been organized that will answer concerns of students, staff and parents.
Aurora Public Schools Superintendent John Barry stressed, “The message here is you’re not alone, you have assistance. We will come out stronger in the end.”
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