School official shares how to support students following traumatic events — on and off campus | KNKX

School official shares how to support students following traumatic events — on and off campus

Apr 4, 2019

Last week, two people died and two others were injured in a shooting spree and carjacking in Seattle's Lake City area. 

One of the injured was Deborah Judd, a second-grade teacher at Laurelhurst Elementary School who was on her way home from work. As she recovered in the hospital, she told reporters that she wanted to make sure her students knew she was OK.

Schools often have to deal with frightening or traumatic events — whether it's after an act of violence on or off campus, or because of a sudden accidental death.

Erin Romanuk is student support services supervisor, overseeing discipline, at Seattle Public Schools. She’s also a social worker, and among those who respond to crises after a tragedy or traumatic event that affects students, faculty members or district staff. She spoke with KNKX All Things Considered host Ed Ronco at the district's headquarters.