Message from Dr. Garcia: Loss of Two El Monte Police Officers | Student and Community Resources
Dear EMCSD Community,
We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of two El Monte Police Officers last night. One of whom was our former School Resource Officer, Corporal Michael Paredes. Corporal Paredes started as our SRO in July 2012 and served in that position for multiple years. El Monte City School District and the El Monte Police Department have a long history of working together to help provide the best services to our students and school communities, a history that Corporal Paredes proudly participated in. Our deepest condolences go out to EMPD and loved ones of both Corporal Michael Paredes and Officer Joseph Santana.
With these events happening in our city, I want to remind all of you of the resources available in case you plan to have discussions with your children about community violence. Some of these resources were sent home with our Summer School students earlier today. You can find those resources below and attached.
As a parent, I understand these conversations are difficult, but I do encourage all of us to check in with our children and each other. Our support for one another is something I have always admired about the El Monte community. I am proud of our communal partnership and our ability to rally around each other, especially in times of great need. Together, we can be the support system we all deserve.
My heartfelt sympathies go out to all of those affected by last night’s events.
Dr. Maribel Garcia
Talking to Children about Violence:
- Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers
- Los Angeles County Anti-Hate Campaign
- Parent Guidelines for Helping Youth After the Recent Shooting
- How to Talk to Kids About Violence, Crime and War
- Helping Children Cope with Frightening News (Child Mind Institute)
- Coping in the Aftermath of a Shooting (American Counseling Association)
- Trauma and Disaster Mental Health (American Counseling Association)
Mental Health & Wellness Resources
- 24/7 LA County Mental Health Support: (800) 854-7771: The Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (LACDMH) supports the wellbeing of our County residents and communities. LACDMH’s Helpline is available 24/7 to provide mental health support, resources and referrals at (800) 854-7771.
- Crisis Text Line, Text “LA” to 741741: Connect with a trained crisis counselor to receive free crisis support via text message.
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, (800) 273-8255: Connect with a crisis center closest to your location. Your call will be answered confidentially by a trained crisis worker who will listen empathetically, work to ensure that you are safe, and help identify options and information about mental health services in your area.