They have a lot of psychological issues since they have grown up for over 6 years now in a war zone because of the Mexican drug war.
Even though they are mostly free of physical dangers they still have many emotional issues to work through.
One of the classes they take involve a victimization course in which educators teach about the psychological stages of a mind that has suffered from violence.
But these youth understand and have gone through these stages many, many times and don’t need a constant reminder since they are living through it everyday.
One of the 17-year-old students, Alan Garcias, declared to his classroom crying, “I’ve been through all three stages: impact, recoil, reorganization of my life. My mom goes in and out of recoil stage.”
These troubling times for these students have been a problem in their academic studies that it’s led to some Texas school districts having to provide classes and counseling they teach in the military, since those in the military have been through similar experiences.
Officials aren’t keeping track of the students troubled by the violence on the border seeking help or counseling, but it involves kids from border cities that go to the U.S. for schooling as well as those that have already moved to Texas to go to school.
It’s really sad because many families are afraid to reach out and seek help because they think that if they talk to counselors they would be identified by the criminals that are trying to harm them. So parents encourage their kids to not speak about their issues.
“The emotional difficulties affect them ‘in many areas of academic performance,’ said Alma Leal, professor of counseling at the University of Texas at Brownsville and coordinator for counseling and guidance of the Brownsville Independent School District. They suffer from poor discipline, lack any sense of security and fear losing loved ones.”
One of the courses taught as I mentioned earlier that deals with victimization, also explains how children and teens can talk about their experiences. Keeping those thoughts and feelings inside are not healthy for children.
Counselors have been teaching these classes utilizing the same skills they learned to counsel children of military parents.
“Children fleeing from the cross-border violence and those whose parents have been in combat share issues like separation or loss of a parent, she said. But unlike military children, those coming from Mexico have sometimes been exposed to violence or been victims themselves.”
The issue that they are battling is that the entire community doesn’t understand the importance of helping the children. They are simply “tackling the problem, but we are not solving it.” (<<<Alvaros)
Read the article about this issue here: http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/news/2011/11/28/students-survive-mexican-drug-war-but-struggle-with-emotions-in-texas-schools/#ixzz1f7ybHleX