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.”

On May 24, Salvador Ramos, 18, shot his grandmother and drove her car to Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, where he killed 19 children and two teachers. The school shooting was one of 2,067 that occurred in the United States since 1970, according to the K-12 School Shooting Database managed by the Center for Homeland Defense and Security

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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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