He says his experience suggests that recovery will be a month-long process for those who were at Rob Elementary School at the time of the shooting.
“We were a mess. Trying to get therapy, trying to get help and trying to get someone to understand us,” he told NPR. Morning edition. “I always tried my best – I kept in touch with the family wherever I could – but I kept trying Myself It comes out of that push. “
In the end, she says, there was something about her and her students talking to each other that helped a lot. He is still communicating with many of them.
There was not much training available to deal with trauma during the Stoneman Douglas shooting, he says, but many staff and students at Rob Elementary will need help coping.
“Survival of the fittest. I don’t know if young children will have it. Adolescents have had it. I have it,” Krakjic said. “Family counseling is needed. Those kids need a safe, normal place to reconnect.”
And that place can’t go back to school, she says – she learned something in her classroom after the Parkland attack.
“Since I taught just before everything happened, my voice would sometimes be a trigger for the kids and they would literally start crying,” she says.
In terms of resistance, the kind of weapons Kraussic used in Parkland and Uwalde, including the high age limit – “an 18-year-old child,” he says.
And if conservative politicians insist on focusing on mental health, he says they need to think a lot, a lot.
“You want to talk about mental health? It doesn’t start with the day the child shot his grandmother, it doesn’t start with the day the child went and bought the guns,” Krakjic said. “One hundred percent, this kid is probably fighting from second grade. But when these kids start, when they are younger, we don’t have the money or resources to get the help they need.”
Until everyone comes together to talk through the problem and find a solution, he says, there is enough guilt to get around.