Local school divisions address violence over weekend
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Local school divisions are addressing the violence from this past weekend.
Charlottesville City Schools and Albemarle County Public Schools addressed the racially-motivated massacre that left ten people dead in Buffalo, New York on Saturday.
Both divisions say the goal is to help students cope and process what they're seeing online and on television.
This weekend, a white gunman, allegedly motivated by hate and dressed in tactical gear, killed ten people and wounded three others in a predominantly African-American neighborhood in New York.
Authorities say they're investigating this matter as a hate crime and an act of racially-motivated violent extremism.
According to the Gun Violence Archive, America has already seen almost 200 mass shootings so far this year, and it's only the 19th week of the year. That’s an average of about ten incidents a week.
CCS sent an email across the division Sunday condemning the racist violence in Buffalo.
It read, in part:
"These tragedies have targeted not only Black people, but Asians, Jews, and many others. As we approach the five-year mark of the neo-Nazi rallies in our own community, we are all too aware of the lasting impact of violence and hate.”
"We know you're still healing from that. People have not moved on from that, and so, seeing the incident that happened in New York is triggering. People are reminded of what took place here in Charlottesville and still finding ways to cope with it," Charlottesville City Schools Superintendent Dr. Royal Gurley said.
Gurley says school counselors are available for families and faculty members if they have any concerns.
ACPS says it's added additional school counselors throughout the division.
Spokesperson Phil Giaramita says teachers will be talking about the tragedy in Buffalo in the classroom.
Giaramita says these conversations can be difficult but are necessary.
"It's true of all students, but the younger the student is, the more situations like this cause confusion in their minds and concerns about their own personal safety. Even though you have an event in this case that can happen miles away in Buffalo, New York," he said.
Another shooting occurred Sunday in Laguna Woods, California. Officials are calling this incident at a church a politically-motivated hate crime.
Counseling and Discussion Resources for staff and families: