Doug Bedell — October 27, 2021, 4:12 pm

Schools Finding that ‘Returning to Normal’ Can Include Abnormal Emotions


COVID-19 may be having unfortunate effects, even as we return more to normal living and schooling, Claire Meyer reports in a post on the Today in Security site.

“The social isolation triggered by hybrid or remote schooling during the COVID-19 pandemic could be spurring behavioral problems and violence among students as they return to in-person schools,’ Ms. Meyer reports

“A high school in Pennsylvania reverted to virtual classes for two days earlier this month due to ‘credible threats’ of more violence after student fights on campus. It was the latest in a line of violent incidents this semester, including fights and riots, in schools across the United States. The National Association of School Resource Officers found that from 1 August to 1 October 2021, there were 97 reported gun-related incidents in schools, compared to 29 in the same period of 2019.

“Teachers and school officials throughout the United States have reported a rise in everything from minor misbehaviors to fighting in hallways, The Washington Post reported. Heightened stress levels from the COVID-19 pandemic and a sudden return to a structured, social setting could be partly to blame.”

“Locked-in” feelings can continue even as we return more to normal.

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