Advice For Parents Fearful About Shootings

Posted at 6:49 PM, Dec 20, 2012
and last updated 2012-12-20 22:09:30-05

Fennville, Mich. – Concerned parents picked up their children at Fennville Public Schools following the spread of rumors that someone made threats of violence against students.

Michigan State Police said the rumors were passed through social media.

“I just hope nothing happens around here like that,” said Juan Rodriguez, a grandparent.

Rodriguez drove to Fennville High School to pick up his grandchildren Thursday.

Michigan State Police started their investigation into the rumors in Fennville Wednesday night.

Thursday police announced to parents that threats were never made.

Troopers have been dropping by West Michigan schools to make sure everyone feels more secure.

“I don’t know if we can do something about it. I just hope for the best for them,” said Rodriguez.

The director of Network 180 said it’s normal to feel depressed or anxious following a tragedy like the shooting at Newtown.

“It can be healthy to think about, ‘What can I do about this? Can I write a letter to my congressman about this particular behavior?’,” said Paul Ippel, Network 180 Director. “Can you do something locally about it?  Especially for parents in a school system. What can we do to support the teachers and the kids in the school to make them feel safe and secure and know that they’re loved?”

Ippel said to move forward from the trauma, people should keep normal sleep patterns, exercise routines and meal times.

“The other thing for adults is if there are occasions that you fixate on something like that, think about other occasions that are important to you,” said Ippel. “Spend some time and energy on those other activities, some type of diversion.”

For more information on Network 180 and the programs that are available, check out the link below.