Trauma Response Team Addresses Aftermath Of Antwon Rose Verdict, Finds Hope In Community
A trauma response team is spending the week with former classmates of slain teenager Antwon Rose Jr. at Woodland Hills High School. The counseling group, operated through FOCUS Pittsburgh, provides mental health services to residents of affected communities to facilitate what founder Rev. Paul Abernathy calls “trauma-informed community development.”
Society has an obligation to respond to local violence and the trauma it brings, he says.
The visit comes on the heels of the acquittal late Friday of Michael Rosfeld, the former East Pittsburgh police officer who shot and killed Rose, then 17 and unarmed.
Abernathy says the trauma unit would have been on site no matter what the jury decided. The not guilty verdict came “in the context of an already complex web of trauma.”
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