On December 14, 2012, 20-year-old Adam Lanza fatally shot twenty children and six adult staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School in the village of Sandy Hook in Newtown, Connecticut.
After the shooting, 10 dogs and 18 handlers were dispatched from the Chicago headquarters of Lutheran Church Charities to Newtown and help children at Sandy Hook Elementary as well as the Newtown High School to overcome trauma related to the mass shooting.
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AP (Aug. 22, 2014) The University of Northern Colorado has launched a pilot program this year to allow students to bring their cats or dogs to live with them in the dorms. Officials will allow pets under 40 pounds in a ... watch video
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Oct. 25, 2016 Many children are still learning to control their behavior as they enter kindergarten and may need educational support to develop that critical skill, indicates one of the most conclusive studies to ... read more
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May 12, 2015 Mass shootings at the hands of unhinged loners - such as those in Aurora, Colo.; Santa Barbara, Calif., and Newtown, Conn. -- perpetuate a commonly held belief that mental illness triggers violent ... read more
Apr. 11, 2013 Post-traumatic stress disorder affects nearly 8 million adults in any given year, federal statistics show. Fortunately, clinical research has identified certain psychological interventions that ... read more