Following the tragic shooting at North Park Elementary School, Cal State San Bernardino is doing it all it can to bring comfort to students affected by the tragedy. And for them, nothing can comfort children like a huggable teddy bear.
“Our precious babies need love, care and support,” Stacy Brooks said n an email she had sent out. Brooks is the administrative support coordinator in the university’s psychology department. She figured that giving returning students teddy bears would be like getting “a hug from the community.”
Every teddy bear is like a warm, comforting hug.
To make sure that every single returning student at North Park Elementary School would receive a teddy bear, Brook’s department started a collection drive. “It’s only a bandaid, a hug if you will, but it will be filled with love and hope,” Brook’s department said.
The deadly shooting at North Park Elementary School occurred on Monday morning. According to a report from the Los Angeles Times, 53-year-old Cedric Anderson entered a classroom inside the school. The Riverside resident then proceeded to open fire on his own wife, 53-year-old Karen Smith. The shooting occurred at around 10:30 in the morning. According to San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan, Anderson did not say anything and proceeded to reload his weapon. He then shot himself.
Two students sustain gunshot wounds.
Meanwhile, two students had also been shot when Anderson aimed his gun at smith. A wounded nine-year-old student was hospitalized and remains to be in stable condition. However, another student named Jonathan Martinez was pronounced dead in the hospital after being flown by helicopter.
The shooting took place in a classroom catering to students with intellectual disabilites. According to San Bernardino Unified School District spokeswoman Maria Garcia, there had been 15 students in the room when the shooting occurred. There were also two adult aides present.
Following the shooting, the San Bernardino Police Department said that students were sent to Cal State. After they have been accounted for, they were taken to Cajon High School to reunite with their parents. Meanwhile, North Park Elementary would remain closed for two days.
According to a report from The Sun, Brooks is now coordinating with the San Bernardino City Unified School District to determine when she can deliver the teddy bears.
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