Unfortunate Incident @ Redwood Heights, 2/22/19
Fri, Feb 22 9:43pm
Redwood Heights Elementary

"The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the

compassionate actions of its members." 

- Coretta Scott King

 

Dear Redwood Heights Community,

This has been a full week with a wide range of emotions. 

Our humanity's litmus test is how we maintain our values of kindness & care for each other when we are in the midst of a challenge. We pass the test when we continue to be poised in kindness, generosity, and community in spite of being off-kilter by tragedy and protests. This week we have demonstrated, in the midst of a storm, actions of love and care for and by our teachers and parent community 

Sadly, today ended with a tragic fatal accident of an individual at the corner of Aliso and 39th Ave.  We send our condolences to the family of this Oakland community member. The accident happened around 2:30 pm on Friday with teachers and some families witnessing this horrific incident. We are grateful that no RHS teachers or families were physically injured. 

Some of you, however, may be impacted by being present during the accident.  It can be very traumatic to witness an accident of this nature. You or your children may experience confusing and frightening emotions after being near the accident.  We have included some resources below that you might find helpful in the following days, weeks and months. Please also be aware of having conversations in front of your children about some of the specifics regarding the accident. The replaying of the accident can be traumatizing for children and re-traumatizing for children who were present.  If you feel that you need additional support, you can reach out to Ms. Bagby, Ms. Jennifer or a mental health clinician.    

https://www.helpguide.org/articles/ptsd-trauma/traumatic-stress.htm/

https://www.helpguide.org/articles/ptsd-trauma/helping-children-cope-with-traumatic-stress.htm

https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/nine_tips_for_talking_to_kids_about_trauma

https://tgn.anu.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/supporting-your-childaftertrauma.pdf

Additionally, people who witnessed the event may have different versions of what happened. And, we have already become aware of some misinformation about the event that is being shared. Please be respectful when posting on social media and please be respectful of people's privacy by not asking them directly about the accident. Some people may not want to talk about what they witnessed; please respect teachers' and others' privacy about their experience.