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Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Wednesday ordered the Health and Human Services Commission to provide behavioral health services to every child in Uvalde following last month’s massacre at Robb Elementary School that left 19 deaths among children and two adults.
Uvalde, a tight-knit town of around 16,000, is still reeling from the shooting as devastated families put their loved ones to rest.
“As these families begin to rebuild their lives, it is critical that the children of Uvalde have access to mental health treatment,” Abbott wrote in the letter to Texas Health and Human Services Commission Commissioner Cecile Young. .
“I ask that you use all available resources to work with families to provide behavioral health services to every child in Uvalde who wants support.”
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Organizations and individuals from the private and public sectors have stepped up to help the community of Uvalde recover.
The federal government has offered “all available resources” through its School Violence Crisis Response Program to provide on-the-ground assistance, Education Secretary Miguel Cardona said.
“I spent the formative part of my career in an elementary school in Connecticut. I will never forget the ripple effect of fear and grief that spread among students and teachers as a result of the horrific shooting at Sandy Hook,” Cardona said the day after the shooting. .
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A 2020 study by Stanford University researchers found that antidepressant use increased by 21.4% among teens who lived near schools where mass shootings took place.
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Kacey Johnson, who hid under a table in the 1999 Columbine shootings that killed 13 people, has previously spoken of the lasting trauma that comes from surviving a school shooting.
“It’s a tough life to live. [N]Nobody wants to be part of the “school shooting club”. [Y]You are just dumped without asking. Everything changes and your old normal can never exist again,” Johnson told Fox News Digital.