Faculty experts help bring understanding to tragic events

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Faculty members often make themselves available to the community when they have special expertise that can be of help.

After a shooting at Rocori (Minn.) High School that resulted in the deaths of two students, SCSU Professor of Counselor Education and Educational Psychology Terrance Peterson and College of Education Adjunct Professor Joan Collins-Marotte worked closely with the school to counsel students, teachers and families. They have since:

  • Counseled faculty members responsible for the well-being of students after a shooting left 10 dead at St. Mary's Mission School at the Red Lake Indian Reservation, Red Lake, Minn.
  • Co-directed a $200,000 federal grant to aid in the recovery of the three Rocori communities.
  • Presented "Response to a School Shooting" at the annual American Counseling Association Conference.
  • Shared what they learned with the 56,000 counselors and human development professionals who subscribe to "Counseling Today."

While it's not known whether bullying played a role in the Rocori and Red Lake school shootings, the possibility has sparked interest in the work of SCSU Special Education Professor John Hoover, a nationally-recognized expert on teasing, harassment and bullying. He has:

  • Written three books and more than 40 research papers, book chapters, reviews and study guides on the topic.
  • Worked with more than 20 school districts on violence reduction programs.
  • Spoken to educators and reporters from across the country on a regular basis.
  • Initiated and hosted the nation's first-ever conference on bullying.
  • Helped develop the Midwest School Violence and Bullying Prevention Conference set for Oct. 19-20 in St. Cloud.
  • Developed a course on bullying and school violence designed for graduate students in education.

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