Common Reactions that Occur After a Tragic and/or Violent Event
- Responses to a tragic event vary from person to person. There’s no single, standard or “right” way to react.
- Even students who have not had any personal contact or connection to the event may exhibit reactions.
- Common reactions include:
- Shock and disbelief
- Feelings of helplessness, the feeling of loss or control over your life
- Difficulty concentrating and focusing on schoolwork
- Mourning the loss of another human being within their community
- Feeling the need to talk about the tragedy with good friends
- Feeling depressed and questioning how someone could commit such a heinous act
- Focusing more on the violent crime over the victims