EDITOR: It’s been two years and eight months since Sam LaCara was tragically taken from us. My son was there, and to this day he hates school. He loved school until this happened, and he still enjoys learning, but he can’t bear being at school. He tells me it’s not that he doesn’t feel safe at school; he just feels very sad. He misses both people involved that day — John Luebbers (known affectionately to some kids as “Mr. John”) as well as Mr. LaCara.
I’m curious — how many students who were there that day are having attendance and/or mental health issues, such as anxiety and depression? Many of them are junior high-age now; and they are now mature enough to fully grasp what happened. I wonder if perhaps some kind of support group would be helpful for these kids. Does anybody know if the schools are offering any counseling? Of course they did immediately following the shooting, but people are often most affected by a traumatic event well after it actually happened.
I would appreciate any feedback from parents, other relatives, or the students themselves. My e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org.