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School officials to provide counseling following Lanier HS tragedy

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During times of tragedy, a top priority for school officials is making sure students know who they can turn to.

Deidre Dawson says the best thing for her daughter is help throughout the coping process.

"I didn't want her to ever see anything like that. It's something eventually in life they may see, but a parent doesn't want them to see," says Deidre Dawson, parent of Lanier High School student.

This is a concern that many parents at Lanier High School have.

To help ease those concerns, counseling is being offered to students, families, and staff for the rest of the week on campus.

Something school officials hope will be a positive impact.

"It's our intent to open school tomorrow to allow our students to be able to have access to teachers and other staff members; so we can offer them support given the tragedy today," said Dr. Meria Carstaphan, Superintendent of Schools.

This tragedy is something they hope to learn from, to ensure it won't happen again.

"This isn't the first time this has happened in schools, period. You hear about people shooting, killing people. There should be something done to prevent this," says Deidre Dawson, parent of Lanier High School student.

School officials are also stepping up their efforts by working with Travis County, to inform the public about counseling hotlines.

"Throughout the evening if they have questions or concerns they can call professionals who can be available to them and answer any questions."

To reach the 24-hour hotline call 512-472-HELP.

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