I remember thinking, ‘They will never let this happen again!’ I was wrong.
On an ordinary day, in an ordinary town, in an ordinary school, in an ordinary class, an extraordinary, horrifying — and sadly, uniquely-American — tragedy occurred. I was 17 when my former classmate entered our English class on a cold, but sunny, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and shot and killed our teacher and the […]
Pain of police killings ripples outward to traumatize Black people and communities across U.S.
This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. As the video goes public of Black police officers in Memphis beating Tyre Nichols to death, it is a stark reminder of George Floyd’s murder by a Minneapolis police officer in 2020. That set up the largest protests in U.S. history and a […]
Mass shootings spur debate over whether crime scene photos prompt change or trauma
This article was first published by Kaiser Health News. McCLELLANVILLE, S.C. — John Lites was one of the first police officers to respond to a 911 call from Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C, on June 17, 2015, when a white gunman murdered nine Black people attending a Bible study. Lites […]
As anniversary of deadly tornadoes nears, mental health experts are on alert
This story discusses suicide. If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, please call or text the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988. Army veteran and crisis counselor Brian Bowen fought in an Iraq war zone. But even the devastation he saw in combat didn’t compare to the leveling of Mayfield after an EF4 […]