Local therapist says what people say when a shooting, such as the Sandy Hook School shooting, is going on can help victims process the event and recover better afterwards.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Pam DeFiglio
Saturday, December 22, 2012
The nation is debating gun control laws in the wake of the Sandy Hook School shooting in Newtown, Conn. last week. But Seth Knobel, director of Niles Family Services, which provides counseling therapy and support, says that the human factor must also be taken into account when crisis plans are being formulated. Earlier: Can Future Adam Lanzas Be Prevented? Obviously, people near a shooting situation must run or, if escape is impossible, hide or fight. But if they are hiding, it's good leadership to know what to say. "Some of the teachers afterward remarked, 'we didn't know what to say to the kids to help them feel safe,'" Knobel said. "What can we do in the instant of the crisis?" One teacher hid her kids in a closet and tried to quiet…
Marsha Lanza of Crystal Lake told media outlets Friday her family was in shock and "shaken to the core" over the news. Her nephew, Adam Lanza, is the suspected shooter in a mass murder at a Conn. Elementary School.
- POLICE & FIRE
Sunday, December 16, 2012
As the country reels over the tragic shooting at an elementary school in Connecticut, one local family is especially trying to make sense of what happened Friday. Marsha Lanza, the aunt of the gunman Adam Lanza, lives in Crystal Lake and told the Associated Press Friday she was close with her sister-in-law and Adam's mother, Nancy Lanza. She described Nancy Lanza as "a good mother and kind-hearted" and said she sent her a Facebook message Friday morning but never heard back. Nancy Lanza is believed to be the first victim in Friday's shooting. After shooting Nancy Lanza in her home, Adam Lanza is believed to have driven his mother's car to Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. and opening fire on the school, according to the New …