The Altered Lives of America's School-Shooting Survivors — Many struggle to cope for years, turning to others to share experiences
At 15, Brittney Thomas saw a close friend get shot to death at school.
Twenty-five years later, she was in a grocery store near her Kentucky home when her phone flashed an alert about the elementary-school shooting in Uvalde, Texas.
Ms. Thomas started hyperventilating. A stranger asked if she needed help. Ms. Thomas sobbed that she couldn't find the creamed corn, left her groceries behind and ran out to her car.
At 3 a.m. that night, unable to sleep, Ms. Thomas sent a text to a group chat with other survivors of mass shootings, whom she had met during a recent weeklong therapy retreat.
Most were awake too. The group decided to hold an impromptu Zoom therapy session.
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Most people exposed to such events eventually recover with mental-health support, said Sandra Graham-Bermann, director of the University of Michigan's Child Resilience and Trauma Laboratory. For school-shooting survivors, she said, that process can take decades, and the work to cope never really ends.
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