By DON AINES
Staff Writer, Martinsburg
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - In the aftermath of a tragedy such as the apparent slaying of Jessica Lynn Newell, schools in Berkeley County can look to a group of professionals to help with the emotional trauma that can result.
The Berkeley County Crisis Intervention Team was created a decade ago to come into the schools and assist when a tragedy strikes. Community Relations Director Mary Jo Brown said the school system began the process Friday, the day after Newell disappeared from Pikeside Bowl.
"We asked all the principals before the end of the school day to put on a safety announcement reminding all the students not to visit or stop and talk with strangers and go immediately home," Brown said Sunday night.