Psychologist: Arapahoe students need time to process shooting

5:37 PM, Dec 16, 2013   |    comments
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KUSA - KUSA - Classes at Arapahoe High School were cancelled Monday. They won't resume until after winter break.

9NEWS psychologist Max Wachtel says the long break should give students and their parents time to process what's happened and begin to heal, according to 9NEWS Psychologist Dr. Max Wachtel.

"I would warn parents: They're going to see some pretty extreme reactions coming out of these kids in the next 24-48 hours. There's going to be a lot of depression, a lot of anger," Wachtel said.

He advised parents there are several things they can do and symptoms they can look for in their kids:

-Have a quiet and calm weekend.

-Be very understanding and recognize their kids may have a tough time dealing with what happened.

-Let their kids know what could potentially happen in the coming days, including increased stress, nightmares, and anger. Help them understand why this is happening and talk to them about it.

Wachtel said even though many of the students are near adult age, they are still young and many will show stress symptoms.

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