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Helping the Kids of Hayes Elementary

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Tonight - police are still looking for Ian Dishon Isabel.

He is accused of putting cameras in a girls bathroom at Hayes Elementary in Davenport.

He is a district employee who works with an after-school program.

One of the big concerns today - is making sure to help kids who might be struggling following the discovery of the cameras.

The district is doing its best to help kids at the school deal with what happened yesterday.

4 other counselors were brought into talk to any students with questions or concerns.

Friday, KWQC spoke to a child therapist who says since this happened in an elementary school - some kids may not even know what happened - and that's OK.

She said that when young children go through or are apart of traumatic situations - all of them will deal with it differently.

Some will want to talk, some will act out, some may not be affected at all.

But what really matters is how a situation is handled in the aftermath.

If a situation is handled calmly by adults - kids will pick up on that - and stay calm too.

"You don't really have to say what happened because there's going to be all kinds of emotions that are going on at these schools," says Child Therapist Sue Klingman. "There's people there, there's police officers there and what it's leading to is emotional difficulties."

Klingaman says that if your child is struggling with a traumatic event - they will most likely show physical signs - like not sleeping, eating, or in a situation like at Hayes - not use the bathroom.
But in order for a parent to help their kids the best way possible- parents need to talk to each other first.

"The parents need to gather and make sense of it themselves before they talk to their child," says Klingaman. "And then I would say listen. Step back, watch, and do not be afraid to talk about the emotions."

As of Friday - police say they don't have any further comment on the case.

But the investigation is still going and Isabel is still missing.


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