Harding Academy is safe

Harding Community, 

Our Director of Security Chuck Carter was informed this morning of an active shooter situation at The Covenant School in Nashville,TN. We are emailing you now to let you know that we are safe. Mr. Carter has been in contact with MNPD and has confirmed that we do NOT need to put the school on lockdown. We will stay in touch as the situation develops. We understand that this is a tragic situation and if you would like to pick up your child, please contact your division director and all absences will be excused.

There is no imminent threat to our Harding community. Our school counselors Aubrey Sapp and Jordan Yates are available for all students, faculty, and families. Please see the resources below for ways to talk with and support your child, as well as resources for adults. If you need additional support please email Jordan at yatesj@hardingacademy.us or Aubrey at sappa@hardingacademy.us

For our lower school students, we believe these topics are best discussed with their parents. For our middle school students, we believe this is best initiated by parents, however we understand that outside information can be accessed easily by our older students. We will offer emotional support and speak to the facts we know, while encouraging our students to have further conversations at home with their parents. 

We all are keeping The Covenant School in our thoughts and will continue to communicate any updates we have with you. 


Dave Skeen

Tips from ASCA (American School Counseling Association)
Helping Students After a School Shooting
  • Try and keep routines as normal as possible. Kids gain security from the predictability of routine, including attending school.
  • Limit exposure to television and the news.
  • Be honest with kids and share with them as much information as they are developmentally able to handle.
  • Listen to kids’ fears and concerns.
  • Reassure kids that the world is a good place to be, but that there are people who do bad things.
  • Families and adults need to first deal with and assess their own responses to crisis and stress.
  • Rebuild and reaffirm attachments and relationships.

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