Kim Krawczyk was delivering a lesson in math to her freshman students when shots rang out inside the building on Wednesday, 2018. Marjory Stoneman Douglas High school in Parkland, Fla. was the victim of an attack that left 14 students and three members of staff dead.
Although no shots were fired into her classroom on that day, it was traumatizing for her and her students. She says that school shootings such as the one in Uvalde Texas last week resurface this experience for them.
"We are able to feel what it is like to be afraid, to panic, and to hope. She says that it is hard to lose friends and colleagues. "You want to be a survivor and believe that this will never happen again.
Many families and teachers have suffered in the four years following the Parkland shooting and will likely continue to do so in the future.
"In the next days, you will be able to work around funerals. You will need to prepare victim reports and coordinate fundraisers. Krawczyk said in an essay to Business Insider that you'll find it difficult to get out of bed. You will walk your dog. You will hate God, but you will be grateful to God. You will find the fire within you to continue moving forward."
According to her, recovery for victims of the Uvalde shooting will take several months.
"We were a mess. She told NPR's Morning Edition that she tried to get therapy, get help, and try to get someone to understand her. "I did my best to help others. I kept in touch with families when I could, but I was trying get out of shock."
She says that she and her students discovered that communicating with each other helped them a lot. Many of her students are still in touch with her.
She says that there wasn't much training for trauma handling at Stoneman Douglas, but Robb Elementary staff and students will need assistance.
"Survivor guilt. It's not something I know the little ones will experience. It was there for teenagers. Krawczyk states, "I have it." Counseling is going to be needed for the families. These kids will need a safe and normal place to reconnect.
She says that the school can't be there, and she also mentions aEUR," something she learned in her classroom after the Parkland attack.
She explains, "Because my voice was a trigger for the children sometimes, and they would literally cry because I was teaching right before all of this happened,"
Krawczyk supports making it more difficult to obtain the weapons Parkland and Uvalde shooters used. She also advocates higher age limits, aEUR," "an 18-year old is a child."
She says that conservative politicians should not be able to focus on mental health.
"You want us to discuss mental health?" Krawczyk says that it doesn't begin with the time that the kid killed his grandmother. It doesn't even start with the purchase of those guns. "100%, this child has been struggling probably since the second grade. We don't have enough money or resources to provide the support these children need, even when they are young.
She says that until everyone gets together to discuss the issues and find solutions, there is more than enough to blame.