Grief Counseling Offered at Fortuna Middle School

Per Julie Johansen, Principal of Toddy Thomas School, drop-in counseling will be offered this week at the Fortuna Middle School cafeteria.  In a Facebook posting she writes:

The Fortuna Elementary School District, in partnership with County Mental Health and Changing Tides, will be offering a drop-in counseling venue for children who are grieving the loss of the two local girls who were killed in last week’s accident. Counseling will be offered this Thursday, July 21, at the Fortuna Middle School cafeteria from 10-2pm. Paper and pens will also be available to those who want to make cards or share memories. Cards can also be dropped off for the families during this time. Please share this post so that children in our community can get the help they need. Thank you.

 

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15 comments

  • This is very thoughtful. Much needed too. Thank you to the middle school for thinking of the children affected by this tragedy.

  • We have reached a week since this tragedy occurred, why do we still not have any answers? My ass would have been arrested without bail, until the investigation was complete. This is ridiculous.

    • KLM2-KidsLivesMatter2

      You are right Bill. The sad part is that all the young people who show up for this grief counseling look to us adults for answers. How do we look when we can’t give them answers? Do they feel that young lives are worth less because no one had been arrested for this crime? I hope that they can find some comfort in getting together and I hope we will ALL have answers soon.

    • I agree with you, why haven’t they put her picture on the news and tell us her name…

    • Right after the young girl walks away with a slap on the hand for hit and run killing a man well this really sends a message to people drunk drivers can kill and its. Ok.
      Where is MADD? they don’t seem to exist anymore… Our local CHP doing a half ass job again…

  • KLM2-KidsLivesMatter2

    You are right Bill. The sad part is that all the young people who show up for this grief counseling look to us adults for answers. How do we look when we can’t give them answers? Do they feel that young lives are worth less because no one had been arrested for this crime? I hope that they can find some comfort in getting together and I hope we will ALL have answers soon.

  • This was a much needed at the school.those children are wondering what happened to their classmates,friends!healing we all need that . regardless if it’s family or friends,or the community . grief is a tough emotion.praying for all of fortuna,god bless you all

  • Thank you for everyone that is helping our local children with this tragedy. It should be about the kids.
    The CHP are doing their job. It may not be at the rush that people seem to want, but I’d rather they do it right.

  • This counseling provided by the Middle School is well needed and I’m sure–appreciated. The post mentions the paper and pens provided so that the children may write their thoughts or a card to those involved. This is very important. Talking helps. Writing can be powerful —especially in this case since no names of the children who were killed have been made public and no family names. While there appear to be reasons for this–when there has to be guessing and wondering about who was involved—it can create confusion and almost a sense of shaming for survivor children (classmates/friends/neighbors). Its important to be able to write their names…Thank you to the school and counselors for being there.

  • Please let’s use this as a place to express sympathy, grief, loss, etc. not to question what is going on with the case. There is an appropriate place for those questions, let’s focus on the children & what they need. I’m sure we all understand the reasoning for protocol to be followed, let’s not let our frustrations with lack of information become our main focus.I know if it were my family I would be thankful & appreciative that everything was investigated thoroughly to ensure accuracy. Children are not meant to pass before their parents, and most of us are protective of children, so let’s focus on the children and what they need. 💕thank you for being respectful

    • Calm down. I was being respectful. I’m not investigating this. I am saying its hard to help children after tragedies. Keeping things secret makes it worse for all. You may not know that since you have never counseled grieving children. Now….you can go back to protecting identities of your friends/ neighbors/family.

  • I can not get this thought out of my head:
    Can you imagine the text messages sent from the two innocent girls to their loved ones pleading, begging and hoping for help as they laid dying?

    Questions:
    1 If indeed the person who killed the two girls, “thought that they ran over a deer” and made it home drunk: Did they or did someone else in their home proceed with the coverup?
    2 How if she was Drunk did the helicopter’s crew allow her to board the aircraft?
    3 I assume that their counsel has advised them not to turn on their “smart phones” let alone communicate with anyone via their “smart phones”: Question if they have their phones on can they be tracked?
    4 and after all of this: Couldn’t she/he go on a “justified” bender and completely change some of or all of the existing or original evidence?

    • It was a family member that said she was in a drunken rage over something and slid up to and over the two girls, she knew exactly what she did, and not to drunk to go home and hide her jeep and obviously not to drunk to board the helicopter, what do you think she went into hiding for? Because she is holding tight to that little bit of freedom she has left, but that’s fading fast along with her money oglestrom is taking, he won’t even leave any for jail commissary.

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