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’
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.”
“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.