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Beth Niedermeyer
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Turning up the calendar to May on Wednesday quickly brought back painful memories of the day of the Noblesville West Middle School shooting on May 25, 2018.

While my daughter goes to Noblesville East Middle School, I still wondered if there would be anything planned for the one-year anniversary at NWMS.

I didn’t wonder very long. Noblesville Schools superintendent Beth Niedermeyer sent out an email letter to school parents at 10:26 a.m.

Apparently the district has had questions from several media outlets about coverage of the anniversary.

“Please note that we will not be memorializing the event, participating in interviews or hosting media on site,” Marnie Cooke, district spokesperson said, prefacing Niedermeyer’s letter to parents.

“As the one-year anniversary of the shooting at Noblesville West Middle School approaches, we’ve received questions from students, parents, staff, community members and the media about any upcoming plans to honor the date,” Niedermeyer said.

“Mental health experts have advised us against memorializing the event, as it creates renewed trauma and stress for our school community as we continue to heal from this painful experience. Based on this advice, we are not planning or supporting any May 25 anniversary events,” she said.

 

“Our mental health experts do encourage acknowledging the anniversary and offering support to those who may need it. It is common for anniversary dates of traumatic events to reactivate thoughts and feelings from the event,” Niedermeyer said.

She advised to please be aware that students may experience increased anxiety and depression during this time. “This is a natural part of the healing process, and there is no one way or right way to heal,” Niedermeyer said.

Reactions of those affected may experience difficulty concentrating, loss or change of appetite, irritability, nightmares, difficulty falling or staying asleep, and feelings of quiet withdrawal, she said.

Niedermeyer offered healthy ways to cope with stress:

-Recognize and acknowledge feelings you are experiencing

-Spend time together as a family

-Find time to be outdoors

-Do an act of service for others or give back to the community

-Engage in physical activity

-Participate in creative outlets such as gardening, music or art

-Reach out to your support system, even if it is just sending a quick text

“It would not be uncommon for people to continue to need support as we all heal in different ways,” Niedermeyer said.

Noblesville Schools will continue to offer counseling services to students, parents and staff members in need, and those interested should contact their school counselor for more information.

“As we move through this healing process we are encouraging the Noblesville community to use the weekend of May 25 to reflect on how we can continue to foster the remarkable support for one another that blossomed following our adversity,” Niedermeyer said.

“To that end, we’re sharing two options you might consider supporting.”

-Noblesville West Middle School student Adam Eberhart will play host to a blood drive from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 25, in the Green Room at Federal Hill Commons. The blood drive is his Eagle Scout service project and is being planned in honor of NWMS. To sign up to donate, email leberhart@comcast.net

-Serve Noblesville, a local partnership of neighbors, churches, businesses, and organizations whose goal is to connect compassionate neighbors, plans a “Come Together” campaign the weekend of May 25, with an array of outreach suggestions designed to inspire belonging and respect for one another. Visit servenoblesville.com.

For an update on the district’s safety and mental health enhancements implemented this past year, visit www.noblesvilleschools.org.

-Contact Betsy Reason at betsy@thetimes24-7.com

“As the one-year anniversary of the shooting at Noblesville West Middle School approaches, we’ve received questions from students, parents, staff, community members and the media about any upcoming plans to honor the date,” Niedermeyer said.

“Mental health experts have advised us against memorializing the event, as it creates renewed trauma and stress for our school community as we continue to heal from this painful experience. Based on this advice, we are not planning or supporting any May 25 anniversary events,” she said.

“Our mental health experts do encourage acknowledging the anniversary and offering support to those who may need it. It is common for anniversary dates of traumatic events to reactivate thoughts and feelings from the event,” Niedermeyer said.

She advised to please be aware that students may experience increased anxiety and depression during this time. “This is a natural part of the healing process, and there is no one way or right way to heal,” Niedermeyer said.

Reactions of those affected may experience difficulty concentrating, loss or change of appetite, irritability, nightmares, difficulty falling or staying asleep, and feelings of quiet withdrawal, she said.

Niedermeyer offered healthy ways to cope with stress:
-Recognize and acknowledge feelings you are experiencing
-Spend time together as a family
-Find time to be outdoors
-Do an act of service for others or give back to the community
-Engage in physical activity
-Participate in creative outlets such as gardening, music or art
-Reach out to your support system, even if it is just sending a quick text

“It would not be uncommon for people to continue to need support as we all heal in different ways,” Niedermeyer said. 

Noblesville Schools will continue to offer counseling services to students, parents and staff members in need, and those interested should contact their school counselor for more information.

“As we move through this healing process we are encouraging the Noblesville community to use the weekend of May 25 to reflect on how we can continue to foster the remarkable support for one another that blossomed following our adversity,” Niedermeyer said.

“To that end, we’re sharing two options you might consider supporting.”

-Noblesville West Middle School student Adam Eberhart will play host to a blood drive from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 25, in the Green Room at Federal Hill Commons. The blood drive is his Eagle Scout service project and is being planned in honor of NWMS. To sign up to donate, email leberhart@comcast.net

-Serve Noblesville, a local partnership of neighbors, churches, businesses, and organizations whose goal is to connect compassionate neighbors, plans a “Come Together” campaign the weekend of May 25, with an array of outreach suggestions designed to inspire belonging and respect for one another. Visit servenoblesville.com.

For an update on the district’s safety and mental health enhancements implemented this past year, visit www.noblesvilleschools.org.

-Contact Betsy Reason at betsy@thetimes24-7.com