Santa Fe and Dickinson public school districts have each in recent days received $1 million or more for programs aimed at helping students, families and staff manage mental and emotional consequences of traumatic events.

Santa Fe High School was the site of a May 2018 shooting that killed 10, injured more and traumatized the small town.

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Bailey Jones

These programs are all fine and good - but wouldn't they be more effective if they were put in place before a traumatic event? Every school is vulnerable to a mass murder, and every school is vulnerable to some kind of natural disaster. If we're going to blame mass murder on mental illness, every school should get this kind of aid.

Charlene Adams

Counseling should be available to all students and done anonymously, which would encourage participation. Fear of a record of emotional instability following an individual will prevent many from seeking help when they might need it.

Jose' Boix

I wonder how will we know if these funds and programs are effective; how will we determine is successful. I wonder if these programs have stated measurable key indicator parameters that will not only show if they are beneficial, but also used to enable a re-focus. I believe that we as a community need to be more proactive to ask for accountability. Just my thoughts.

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