School of­fi­cials scram­ble for solutions as more Rapp stu­dents ex­pe­ri­ence trauma

‘We’ve got to stop turn­ing a blind eye to what’s in our back­yard. I don’t care how sad or bad it makes us look, it’s here’

Rappahannock News - - FRONT PAGE - By John Mccaslin Rap­pa­han­nock News staff

These are num­bers Dr. Shan­non Grim­s­ley, su­per­in­ten­dent of Rap­pa­han­nock County Pub­lic Schools, never wants to see rise. Yet they have, to the ex­tent that ru­ral Rap­pa­han­nock has caught up with the rest of Vir­ginia.

“A re­cent School Cli­mate Sur­vey that we did is kind of scary,” Grim­s­ley in­forms this news­pa­per. “It says 17 per­cent of our high school stu­dents se­ri­ously thought about sui­cide. We haven’t seen it that high, and we give the test ev­ery two years.”

BY JOHN MCCASLIN

“All of our teach­ers are men­tal health first-aiders,” says Rap­pa­han­nock County Pub­lic Schools Su­per­in­ten­dent Dr. Shan­non Grim­s­ley, seen here at her desk this past week.

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