School safety and the treatment of mental illness has been at the forefront of the minds of parents, students and lawmakers ever since the Valentine’s Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, took the lives of 17 innocent people.
One of the teen survivors, junior Kyle Kashuv, has taken the personal initiative of designing an app for emotional support, Fox News reported.
“We definitely understand we have a lacking in the department for emotional support at our schools,” the 17-year-old said last week. “And right now, we clearly see a lot of movement in legislation trying to enact that.”
Public schools are notoriously too understaffed to deal with the majority of students’ mental health needs, but Kashuv is trying to change that by involving parents on a larger scale.
“I am right now working on an app … to help moms maybe volunteer at school for emotional support,” he explained.
While returning to school has been difficult, Kashuv told Fox that he was ready to return to normal after the unthinkable tragedy.
“It’s really sad coming back to school, but then it’s also really exciting to meet my peers and to be able to connect once again at school,” he said.
(H/T: Fox News)