Scenes of violent shootings at Parkland High School remain in our memories as a tragedy for the students, staff, parents and the entire community. As we remember events such as the Parkland High School shooting (and the many other school shootings) is that this kind of violent tragedy continues in the memories of those who were there.
Such is the case for Kyle Laman and his family. Besides being shot in the foot,
Kyle also witnessed so much on that day. Not only has Kyle endured pain and suffering of surgeries, but also his recovery has been extensive and continues. It is still not resolved because the mental anxiety of flashbacks, survivor guilt, and the sense of still being trapped emotionally by this tragedy is still vivid and disconcerting in Kyle’s everyday life experiences.
The harsh reality of these types of events is they remain in our memories so strongly. Even the slightest recollection resembling any sounds, sights, feelings, smells or any sensory reminder can trigger panic and volatile reactions.
It is classic post-traumatic stress that plagues these students. For them, it often can feel like the trauma has a life of its own. It can feel as though the trauma is ready to reclaim your whole being at the most unpredictable moment.
This article describes Kyle’s continued journey and represents a classic example of what these students face long after the reality of the tragic event.
The article reveals the true nature of trauma, and gives us insight into the compelling long-range impact of these traumatic experiences for a 15-year-old who is otherwise quite normal and resilient but haunted the memories of a school shooting.
It appears to me the emotional and mental impact of this event is even more powerful than the physical injury. Yet, both are significant.
Students like Kyle need a great deal of understanding and support as they journey back from such a tragedy and continue recovery. These students need our thoughts, prayers and sensitivity as they strive to find peace and calm in their lives once again.
Gerry Vassar, President/CEO
Reference and Image: https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/broward/article210553134.html
Caption from second photo: Kyle Laman at home with his dogs. Katie, the family’s American bulldog, sleeps next to him and Bruce, his new German Shepherd Service dog, plays with him below. Bruce was sent to him from the Matt Martin Foundation and Paws 4 Liberty to help with his anxiety and panic attacks following the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
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