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W. Virginia: Over half of kids have trauma; "teachers aren't trained to handle these kids"

Oct 29, 2017, Beckley (WV) Register-Herald: Handle with Care: A trauma-informed approach to help students succeed http://www.register-herald.com/news/handle-with-care-a-trauma-informed-approach-to-help-students/article_775b1aba-4a47-5ec8-956c-08376eeffa01.html …What if that child had witnessed a domestic dispute? What if that child's parent had just been arrested? If the teacher knew that child had just experienced a traumatic situation, would the disciplinary measure be different? Andrea Darr, director of West Virginia's Center for Children’s Justice, recently shared the idea of a "trauma-informed approach" with a group of Concord University students studying sociology. She discussed the "Handle with Care" program, aimed at ensuring children who are exposed to violence receive appropriate interventions so they can succeed in school to the best of their abilities. According to 2016 data from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, more than half of West Virginia's children (52.4 percent) have had at least one adverse childhood experience. Roughly 26 percent of the state's children had two or more adverse experiences, such as the death or incarceration of a parent, witnessing or being a victim of violence, or living with someone who is suicidal or has substance use disorder. "Teachers aren’t trained to handle these children," Darr said. "They see a misbehaving child. They’re disrupting class so other students can’t learn, but traumatized children aren’t learning either." …