NAPNAP praises the quick intervention of school nurses and emergency responders at Townville Elementary School on Sept. 28 where a teenager is suspected of opening fire at an elementary school playground, wounding two students and a teacher. Our thoughts are with the victims and their families.
NAPNAP continues to be gravely concerned with how these frequent, high-profile gun violence acts affect the mental health of children in our families and communities. As pediatric-focused nurse practitioners, we are equally concerned about gun safety in the home and community. We support the requirement of safe firearm storage under federal law, and unrestricted ability to seek information about gun safety as part of well child checkups.
Pediatric-focused nurse practitioners can provide support and guidance by talking to children and families about this tragedy, listening to concerns and offering mental health referrals if needed. Resources can be found in our For Providers and For Families channels.