Terror attack: Pupils offered counselling

Young people across Lancashire caught up in the Manchester terror attack are being offered counselling.

Tuesday, 23rd May 2017, 4:33 pm
Updated Sunday, 4th June 2017, 8:54 pm
Police officers outside the Manchester Arena

The attack, which claimed the lives of 23 people - including eight-year-old Tarleton schoolgirl Saffie Roussos and 18-year-old Runshaw College pupil Georgina Callander - comes in the middle of exam time for many.

Tarleton Community Primary School, where Saffie was a pupil, has called in specialist support from Lancashire County Council and Runshaw is offering support from their dedicated student support team.

The Leyland college said: “After yesterdays horrific attack in Manchester please remember that everyone at Runshaw is here to support you.

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“If you have been affected by this attack please do not hesistate to contact Student Services by calling in or phoning us on 01772 622677.”

Georgina had attended Bishop Rawstorne Church of England Academy in Croston before leaving for Runshaw.

The school held a prayer and reflection session for pupils, and has offered specialist support to anyone in need.

Deputy head Peter Rawlinson said: “The process of counselling has started. We have called in our clergy team as well as youth workers and help and support is avaiable to any of our students, from years seven to 11.”

Wellfield High School in Leyland issued a statement saying: “All our thoughts are with all of those affected by the awful events in Manchester last night.

“Any pupils affected by this, please contact school so that we can put support in place.

Please remember always that there is more that unites us than divides us and hold your loved ones close this morning.”

Balshaws Church of England High School in Leyland has contacted parents and carers after learning a number of students attended the concert.

An email seen by the Post states: “The horrific acts that took place at Manchester Arena have affected many students, staff and parents connected with the school and our thoughts and prayers are with all those who are sharing in the sense of grief in the aftermath of last night.

“Examinations are taking place as normal in school for Year 11, and exam boards will give special consideration to anybody directly affected by this atrocity.

“A number of students were at the concert last night or have friends or relatives who were there. Counselling and support is available in school for all our students should they need it.”

It is understood that some students of Penwortham Priory Academy also attended the concert and the school held a morning of reflection for students this morning.