I expect to pass through life but once. If therefore, there be kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now, and not defer or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again. ~William Penn~
How do I respond to students for whom the presence of a gunman triggers a PTSD flashback? I’m thinking specifically of my many Iraq and Afghanistan War veterans–I usually teach a few in every class because of my discipline–some of whom have PTSD diagnoses, but I imagine this can also apply to those who have witnessed or been victims of violent crime, including police officers and victims of domestic violence. How do I keep them physically safe and protect their dignity?
How do I care for colleagues who have survived mass shootings on other campuses during and after an active shooter lockdown?
In the case of an on-campus suicide, how do I care for those who witness a person publicly take his life or witnesses the threat of a person taking his own life? How do I care particularly for those who have lost a loved one to suicide?
In a culture that values emotional toughness, how can I insure that these concerns are not dismissed?