The tragedy that unfolded at Robb Elementary School last month has left scars on everyone affected. A senseless loss of young lives and what many perceive as a cowardly response by law enforcement has left a lot of people feeling hopeless. Despite their ineffective response to the massacre, the government is shelling out big bucks for mental health services for those who responded.

US Customs and Border Protection set aside just over $15,000 for a mental health professional to counsel agents who were in Uvalde during the horrible shooting. Trauma expert Carrie A. Elk was hired for the job. She will provide “psychological health training” to responders, according to TMZ.

Dr. Elk was not willing to comment on the specifics of her role. She did say that she is frequently contacted by the Border Patrol and military after traumatic events like the Uvalde shooting. The nature of these services is not known.

It was a Border Patrol agent who finally took down the shooter. Many believe the response took far too long. Even if the response was ineffective, many still face trauma from that horrible day.

Once the shooting started, it took 77 minutes for authorities to subdue the shooter. During that time, 19 children and two teachers were killed. Several others were wounded in the onslaught.

Carrie Elk will be there to counsel those first responders who are experiencing trauma. They have been under an intense media spotlight against the shooting. It’s entirely possible that the public outcry against their efforts caused more problems than the incident itself.

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Michael Perry

Michael Perry is a news contributor for Ringside News and Thirsty for News. Michael has an M.A. in Communication Technology from Point Park University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.

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