Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie said the district has been working with Coral Springs fire officials to resolve the malfunctions.
Meanwhile, fear continues for staff and students. Their reaction is not unusual when people experience the same stimuli that triggered a trauma, said Jessica Ruiz, chief psychologist at Behavioral Health Associates of Broward, Counseling Centers of the Goodman Jewish Family Services. She has worked with several Douglas families and teachers since the shootings.
“Their bodies might start to react the same way they acted at the moment,” Ruiz said. “Alarms, popping sounds, loud doors. For them, it’s like it’s happening again and they go into survival mode.”
Ruiz said some students have demonstrated resilience through activism, a way to deal with their sadness. But many in the community, including teachers, first responders and students’ families, are still healing, she said.
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