Former School Psychologist: Intervention Needed Before Tragedy Strikes

BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- Former school psychologist David Wilson stressed the importance of digging deeper into troubled students after a teen gunned down 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglass High School in Parkland, Florida Wednesday.

Wilson, who worked with students for over 30 years, told WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Ben Parker that there are ways for schools to reach out to students.

"We can make connections with those kids that we know nothing about, and there something going on, with good home-school communication," he said. "And if the family doesn't want to come in and deal with it and they say 'It's your problem, there's nothing wrong,' we need to lean on our Children and Youth Services and say, 'We need you in here and that's neglect, we need you in here we are very worried'."

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Nichols College Asst. Dean Describes Florida High School Shooting

Wilson says that, when something like the Parkland shooting happens, there always turn out to have been signs beforehand--and wonders how it is addressed. 

"There are always signs beforehand, and how they were addressed," he said. "Our school systems have to have a system of accountability to review everything that happened in this child's schooling life to learn where the intervention needed to happen."

Wilson and Parker also talked about what is needed on the part of the victims and school community to allow them to move forward after the tragedy.

Listen to the full interview below WBZ NewsRadio1030's Ben Parker reports

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