Some Haitian parents are reacting to recent school shooting events with changes to their routines and becoming more engaged in their communities. Pictured are two parents with their children — Dr. Kattya Antenor and her family (left) and Cynthia Laine with her four children (right) — who are among those taking action to help their families feel safer. Photos courtesy of the families.

BROOKLYN — The moment Gina Desir, a mother of three, found out about the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, her day took a turn for the worse. 

“I was devastated. I feel like school is supposed to be a safe place for children,” said Desir, a nurse in Harlem. “Nowhere is safe, but I figured school would be the last place they [shooters] would go. So I felt like I wanted to take my kids home.”

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Leonardo March is Brooklyn-based visual journalist from Puerto Rico and a Report for America corps member

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