Roseburg School District helps students grieve after a tragic homicide

Roseburg School District will be providing counseling to students who need it after a tragic homicide.

Posted: Nov. 8, 2017 7:28 PM
Updated: Nov. 9, 2017 3:45 PM

ROSEBURG, Ore. - On Tuesday night, November 7, three people were killed at a home in Lookingglass. Kevin Adams is being charged with the murder of his foster mother, foster sister, and biological sister.

He is 16 years old and attended Roseburg High School. One of the victims, his 10-year-old sister, Payshience "Tia" Adams attended Lookingglass Elementary. Now the school district is doing everything they can to ensure the students at those schools feel safe and secure again.

Superintendent Gerry Washburn said they deployed counselors to Lookingglass Elementary to help the students there cope. Counselors and the school's psychologist would soon be heading out to the rest of the schools to help students go through the grieving process.

He said he feels that his staff does an incredible job of making people feel safe, and he truly believes that the safest place for students is at school.

Unfortunately, this is not the first time they've had to utilize these protocols. The process was very similar after the UCC shooting.

”I think that’s part of the unease that we see in our community is we are still in the healing process of that and that is a long term deal.”

Schools are not in session for the rest of the week due to parent-teacher conferences and Veteran's Day celebrations. Starting Monday all students will have access to appropriate resources if need be.

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