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Four years after the Santa Fe school shooting, “There is still a lot of pain”

Some residents still struggling with grief, trauma as government mental health funding recedes.

Reagan Gaona stands beside a memorial in front of Santa Fe High School in Texas. Her boyfriend, Chris Stone, died in the May 2018 shooting.

Some people are skeptical of therapists

Reagan Gaona signs a tribute from students in Santa Fe, Texas, to those in Uvalde. Gaona’s boyfriend, Chris Stone, was killed in Santa Fe’s 2018 high school shooting.
Jacquelyn Poteet directs the Santa Fe Resiliency Center, which serves the Texas city’s mental health needs in the wake of a 2018 mass school shooting. “There is still a lot of pain,” Poteet says. “A lot of people don’t even realize they’ve got trauma.” (​​Renuka Rayasam/KHN)

Marriages and educations were disrupted

Reagan Gaona’s rose tattoo includes the date of the Santa Fe High School shooting, May 18, 2018. Her boyfriend, Chris Stone, was among those killed. (​​Renuka Rayasam/KHN)

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