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Teachers Learn ABC's Of Trauma In Children

"If we take away, a home, a family member, and God forbid we take away those good morning kisses from our kids, then what do we have? Nothing," Mercy Corps trauma trainer Susan Wentzell said.

These teachers know firsthand what Katrina took from their lives. Today, they're learning what the storm captured from some often overlooked victims.

"We've seen the difference in the children from the time the storm hit til now, and it's completely different," daycare worker Carlie Manning said.

The emotions these teachers see daily are no surprise, but some worry it's what you don't see that's cause for concern.

"I don't think children know it's okay to cry. We teach our children to be strong, you can handle it. I hear parents tell kids all the time to ‘get over it,' or ‘stand up, get on with your life.' Kids take that exactly for what it is," Wentzell said.

"See what a normal person we have? Because everything's in place, " Wentzell demonstrated.

Katrina stole some of the most important things from kids lives, like home, and family. That's when everything falls apart.

"Some of these kids, every pillar was taken away," Manning said.

And by remembering their own inner child, these teachers are reminded that even time doesn't heal all wounds in a young person's life.

"We often think ‘Children are so resilient; they'll build back on their own.' That's not always the case," Wentzell said.

Armed with crayons and markers, these teachers are now prepared to help South Mississippi's future.

Many schools and organizations throughout the Coast have received the training, but if you'd like to learn how your group can get involved, call the Jackson County Community Services Coalition at 522-1965.

By Keli Rabon

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