June 1 2015

Huffington Post: School May Be The Best Place To Address PTSD In Young People, But Resources Are Spread Thin

student trauma

…For far too many students attending urban schools in the U.S., learning takes a back seat to what’s going on outside the classroom — namely, violence at home and in the community — and few schools are equipped to help students cope. That could start to change in the near future. A federal class-action lawsuit filed last week alleges that California’s Compton Unified School District has failed to properly address its students’ experiences of trauma. School districts, the lawsuit argues, are obligated under federal disability law to offer support for students who have experienced trauma. If the court sides with the plaintiffs in the case, Compton schools would be required to hire counselors and train employees to better understand students who have been exposed to traumatic life events…

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