Schools Consider Ways to Deal with Mental Health Disorders

Monday, March 4, 2013

Educators across the state and the country are rethinking, after the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, how best to reach the increasing number of children who are struggling with emotional or psychological needs.

The shooter, 20-year-old Adam Lanza, had social integration issues and an uneven school attendance history related to his problems. The morning of Dec. 14, he killed his mother at home, then went to the school and killed 20 first-graders and six adults before killing himself.

In the aftermath of the tragedy, schools are likely to be pushed to help identify and treat students who, like Lanza, showed evidence of mental health problems or socialization issues.

"It's all educators are talking about," said Joyce Emmett, Danbury's retiring director of special services. "What is our role in identifying youngsters and getting them services?'"

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