Psychologist talks to Boca Raton teens about violence at the Wayne Barton Study Center
10:52 PM, Dec 20, 2012
11:51 PM, Dec 20, 2012
BOCA RATON, Fla. - The head of the Wayne Barton Study Center in Boca Raton is concerned that the response to the Sandy Hook massacre hasn't been the same for all kids.
Francois Durand, a high school talks a lot during class. And that's not only because he's smart. It's because he's comfortable.
"I feel safer at school because I know there are people there who care for me," said Durand, a high school junior.
But what happens when a national tragedy steals the feeling of safety in school from kids who have nowhere else - a home or a neighborhood - to feel safe?
"It's the one point in time in their life where they feel safe, they let their guard down in school. And they get totally blindsided by bullets," said Barton.
It's why Wayne Barton held brought a psychologist in to talk to the teens in his after school program tonight.
The teens know tragedy all too well.
Five put their hands up when asked if they lost family members to violence.
"This is a real eye-opener for us. Grasp hold of what's going on, reach out to those kids in urban areas and not take it for granted they're from a tough environment so they can handle it," said Barton.
"There should be someone you can talk to, someplace you can go," said psychologist Dr. Debra Nixon.
Durand says the study center beats the streets.
"You're not out on the streets doing what you shouldn't be doing or you might get caught at the wrong place at the wrong time."
The effort tonight was to let children know that growing up doesn't mean you don't still need people to depend on.