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Norman hospital to sponsor public forum on school shootings

The Norman Regional Health System will sponsor a public forum at noon Friday on “Coping with Connecticut” to address such issues as talking to children about the shootings, where to seek help if needed and how to better understand such traumatic events.
by Jane Glenn Cannon Modified: December 18, 2012 at 7:16 pm •  Published: December 19, 2012
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— The Norman Regional Health System will hold a community forum Friday on “Coping with Connecticut.”


Dr. Farhan Jawed, medical director of the hospital's Behavioral Health Unit, will speak about the mass killings in Newport, Conn. Twenty-six people — 20 of them children — were killed Friday at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The perpetrator, a lone gunman, committed suicide, and police said he killed his mother before his shooting rampage at the school.

The forum for hospital employees and the public will be from noon to 1 p.m. in the Education Center auditorium at Norman Regional Hospital, 901 N Porter Ave.

Jawed specializes in coping with and trying to understand traumatic events. He will address how to speak with children about the shooting, where to turn for help, signs to watch for and more. The forum will include a question-and-answer period.

For those unable to attend, the forum will be broadcast live at www.NormanRegional.com/stream.

by Jane Glenn Cannon
Senior Reporter
A native of Oklahoma, Jane Glenn Cannon is an award-winning reporter who has covered everything from crime, courts and government to entertainment and features. She wrote a popular personal column for many years. She is a former associate writer...
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