Freeman H.S. shooting: APA resources on school shootings and bullying

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Washington State Psychological Association is saddened to learn of the recent high school shooting in Freeman, Washington. From the latest news reports we have learned the shooting was a result of bullying in school. Because school shootings and bullying have become more frequent in our society, we are providing links from American Psychological Association on how to talk to children about school shootings and bullying to help WSPA members and other mental health professionals consult with their clients.

In the aftermath of a shooting addresses how to talk with your children to manage distress and continue to make home a safe space after a shooting crisis.

Bullying: What Parents, Teachers Can Do to Stop It gives tips to parents and others who may see bullying occur and how to intervene in those moments as well as how to protect those experiencing bullying.

Psychologist Offers Insight on Bullying and How to Prevent It gives insight to what risk factors may cause someone to begin bullying others as well as the effect of a school’s environment on bullying behaviors


The American Psychological Association, in Washington, D.C., is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States. APA’s membership includes more than 117,500 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students. Through its divisions in 54 subfields of psychology and affiliations with 60 state, territorial and Canadian provincial associations, APA works to advance the creation, communication and application of psychological knowledge to benefit society and improve people’s lives.