Killeen Independent School District counselors spent Thursday tending to the needs of a student whose parent was involved in Wednesday’s Fort Hood shooting, which left four dead and 16 wounded.
Due to privacy concerns, the district did not specify which Killeen school the child attends or the condition of the parent. All students at Killeen ISD have access to immediate counseling if needed, officials said.
“The counselors in coordination with the teachers and administration are monitoring students’ emotional well-being throughout the day,” said Diana Miller, Killeen ISD assistant superintendent. “We’ll pull (a) student and work with the student as it’s needed.”
If there is overwhelming need to counsel students at a particular campus and that campus doesn’t have enough counselors on staff, Miller said the district will activate a crisis team. As of Thursday afternoon, the district did not activate the team, which is comprised of counselors who have training on assisting students affected by crisis situations.
On Wednesday, Killeen ISD locked down its campuses at Fort Hood, including two middle schools which had students participating in after-school activities when the shooting began.
Killeen ISD employees cared for all of the students until the lockdown was lifted about 9 p.m. and parents could pick them up.
College students as well as 29 employees were inside Central Texas College’s Fort Hood campus when the military base initiated lockdown.
“The shooting began off Tank Destroyer Boulevard, which is one street over from our Fort Hood campus so we were very close,” said Bruce Vasbinder, a CTC spokesman.
“Fort Hood was just a block away.”
Central Texas College, which was designated a Purple Heart College last week for its partnership with the military, also is providing its normal counseling services to students.
Similar to the Nov. 5, 2009, Fort Hood shooting that killed 13, CTC evacuated its Killeen campus due to proximity of Fort Hood.
Vasbinder, who was with CTC in 2009, said he can’t believe a shooting would happen in the first place, let alone a second time in five years.
“It just surprises you and it just kind of shocks you,” he said. “They do so much for the country, they don’t need to face this at home.”