The recent Valentine's Day school shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida has led to perhaps the highest level of action and activism from students on the topic of gun control in the recent memory. More than thoughts and prayers, we are seeing our students lead the debate.
This event has also impacted the college admissions process.
The formation of the #NeverAgain movement from students at Stoneman Douglas has caught on nationally, resulting in around 200 colleges making public statements that participation in activities, including disciplinary implications, will not affect admissions. These activities include walkouts, protests, lobbying, and social media and online activity.
>> Read More >> Colleges promise not to penalize high school students disciplined for protesting gun violence on TheHill.com
As a counselor, here are a few resources and links for you to share and utilize,
Download Resource: Best Practice Considerations for Schools in Active Shooter and Other Armed Assailant Drills
The National Association of School Psychologists has a guide of best practices and considerations for active shooter and armed assailant drills at the school level(download here).
While it doesn't reflect society particularly well that a resource such as this has to exist in the first place, resources like this reflect the reality that students, teachers, school leaders, and counselors must consider while working in schools.
Student Voice Resource: Share this statement from Emma Gonzalez, a leading student voice on this topic.