Group working to help Missouri parents address trauma
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Parents as Teachers of Missouri is part of a national effort working with parents to promote school readiness and healthy development for children, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/2dIWu8S ) reported. It has scheduled a forum Monday in Ferguson as part of the program's national conference.
The organization, according to its
The August 2014 shooting death of Brown, a black and unarmed 18-year-old, led to months of protests in the St. Louis suburb that grew violent at times and was a catalyst for the national Black Lives Matter movement. Darren Wilson, the white Ferguson officer who shot Brown during a confrontation, was not charged and later resigned.
Parents as Teachers educator Angela Gardner said parents are trying to learn how to talk to their young children about the different issues surrounding the protests, including racism, policing and trauma from looting and tear gas.
"There were also safety concerns," Gardner said. "Parents were afraid to let their kids walk to the bus stop by themselves."
Gardner, an African-American, said she also experienced stress since her sons joined the protests.
She added that in the past year, parent educators of the Normandy school district in St. Louis County have been mapping houses on Google to create safety plans for high-crime
Chief operating officer of the
The forum's participants will get a bus tour of Ferguson and St. Louis to understand the region's tension and challenges regarding inequity.
Ivette Morales, a program supervisor from Los Angeles' El Nido Family Centers, said she wanted to learn better ways to empower parents to create positive change in their own
"We can so relate to Ferguson," she said, recalling the 1965 Watts Riots and the 1992 rioting in Los Angeles that followed the acquittal of four white officers in the beating of black motorist Rodney King. "We're trying to get these families to come out to the bigger community and really take back their community."
Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com