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Allentown, PA: Local schools need safety and support for students with "mental/emotional needs"

Feb 19, 2018, Allentown (PA) Morning Call: Allentown Schools to hold public forum on safety in the wake of Parkland shooting http://www.mcall.com/news/local/mc-nws-allentown-school-safety-forum-20180219-story.html Tretter advocated hiring more staff, such as security guards and counselors, to promote physical safety measures and support students who are grappling with trauma or mental and emotional health needs. “With the ranks of our counseling folks, we could have 10 times what we have and it might not be enough,” she said. “I truly believe those are places were we should have more. We should be able to give the kids the support that they need like that.” Tretter echoed other education experts in the Lehigh Valley, who also called for recognizing and treating students with emotional and mental health issues in the wake of the Florida shooting. …