The days following the incident were spent establishing normality and routine at work and within my home and social life. I didn't want to speak about the incident in front of my daughter, and my parents whom I saw daily. I wanted them to be reassured that I was 'okay', as they had been very upset and anxious about my welfare. So, I had 'put a lid' on the whole incident in my mind, but all was not well.
In the weeks following the incident, symptoms of PTSD gradually came to
This occured in 1995, at the Pupil Referral Unit in Merthyr Tydfil. I was teacher of the Junior Class of children with emotional and behaviour problems, and shared the building with a Senior class of Key Stage 3&4 children.
It was lunchtime, and the children and some staff were present in the dining hall. A man, brandishing a shotgun, entered the hall from the playground, and the children and staff ran out of the hall as he fired his gun across the hall. We made our way to