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Getting back to a “new normal”: Grief leadership after a fatal school shooting.


Getting back to a “new normal”: Grief leadership after a fatal school shooting.

Reilly, Rosemary C. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7274-4488 and Kay, Linda (2022) Getting back to a “new normal”: Grief leadership after a fatal school shooting. In: Crews, Gordon, (ed.) Impact of school shootings on classroom culture, curriculum, and learning. IGI Global, pp. 113-139. ISBN 9781799852001

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Violence in educational institutions compounds and accumulates in our collective memory, as school shootings have become a ubiquitous phenomenon. When a young man carrying three guns entered Dawson College in Montréal, the downtown core came to a standstill. As bullets sprayed and ricocheted, one young woman was killed, 19 others wounded, and a community of 10,000 students, teachers, and staff were traumatized. This research employed a qualitative methodology, interviewing 10
senior administrators and managers in-depth. Findings document the salient role grief leadership played in restoring balance and an educational focus in the wake of a shooting on campus and served to reshape the community into one of learning, resilience, and courage. It details specific actions taken by administrators, which promoted healing and re-established equilibrium at a site of grief, loss, and terror. Administrative responses proved essential in helping to re-establish thriving at
Dawson College.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Applied Human Sciences
Item Type:Book Section
Authors:Reilly, Rosemary C. and Kay, Linda
Editors:Crews, Gordon
Journal or Publication:Impact of school shootings on classroom culture, curriculum, and learning
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Ottawa, Canada
Digital Object Identifier (DOI):https://doi:10.4018/978-1-7998-5200-1.ch007
Keywords:Grief Leadership, School Violence, Trauma and Recovery, Educational Administration, School Leadership, Community Healing, Post-Secondary Institutions, School Shooting
ID Code:991988
Deposited By: Rosemary Reilly
Deposited On:06 Apr 2023 21:24
Last Modified:06 Apr 2023 21:24


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