December 5, 2022
A coalition of principals who survived various school shootings has rallied around the victims of the Uvalde massacre, in which a gunman murdered at least 21 people, including 19 Robb Elementary School students.

A coalition of principals who survived various school shootings has rallied around the victims of the Uvalde massacre, in which a gunman murdered at least 21 people, including 19 Robb Elementary School students.

The Principal Recovery Network was founded in 2019 by the National Association of Secondary School Principals and works to help those who have experienced the horrors of a mass shooting.

Members of the network include Frank DeAngelis, the former principal of Columbine High School, Kathleen Gombos, the principal of Sandy Hook Elementary School, and the former and current principals of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, according to the Washington Post.

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The group sprang into action moments after learning of what happened at Robb Elementary.

“It’s an immediate dialogue,” a network member told the outlet. “What can we do? Who can we call? … Our very first thought is, ‘How can we as a group pour into that school community as soon as possible?'”

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FILE – In this March 23, 2019 file photo, former Columbine principal Frank DeAngelis reflects about the upcoming 20th anniversary of the mass shooting at the suburban Denver high school. More than a dozen principals from U.S. schools impacted by shootings have formed a support network for the next colleagues who join their unenviable ranks. The Principals Recovery Network will also advocate for resources to help schools prevent violence. The initial group of 17 includes DeAngelis and a principal from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. DeAngelis says it’s a network each participant wishes they’d had. (AP Photo/Thomas Peipert, File)
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DeAngelis is the man who often makes the first call.

“I assure them this is not going to be a one-time call,” he said. “I state, ‘It’s a marathon, not a sprint. Let’s not talk about nine months from now. Let’s talk about what we’re going to do the first month, second month, and so on.'”

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The network holds both in-person and virtual meetings and is working on a handbook titled Guide to Recovery.

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