To help quell the fear and anxiety that students may have after these incidents, the Millburn Municipal Alliance Committee held a meeting yesterday morning in the auditorium of the Millburn Public Library. Nancy Kislin, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) led the discussion.
Besides being an LCSW, Kislin has also written a book, called "Lockdown", which provides tips and tricks for parents to speak with their children on the subject.
"I found that working with so many teens and middle schoolers all these years, specifically in the last year and a half since Parkland, I found more and more kids share about their anxieties," Kislin said in an interview with TAPinto Millburn/Short Hills.
Kislin also said that society is normalizing the trauma from such events and that to her, the responsibility lies with parents to keep an open dialogue with their children.
Over the course of the presentation, Kislin laid out strategies to help parents, some of which came directly from her book. She also let parents speak and relay their thoughts and feelings on the subject.
The general feeling among the crowd was that children were being negatively impacted psychologically and emotionally by the drills. During the discussion portion of the talk, parallels were also made to the nuclear safety drills of the '50s, '60s and '70s, and their impacts on children of the time.
As Kislin also noted, parents come into situations surrounding school shootings, as well as their aftermath and discussion with many questions.
"Obviously, this is a parent's worst nightmare, that something could happen to their child," "I'm always about 'how do we empower the parents?' How do we not let fear hold us back, but how do we become empowered?"