• Kim Potter trial resources

    The trial of Brooklyn Center police officer Kim Potter has been a subject of a great deal of discussion throughout our community. To help families have discussions about the trial with their children, we have provided the resources below. Check back on a regular basis for additions and new resources.

    What to expect at school:

    • Classroom teachers may make connections between their course content and current events. This may include explicit connections to the Kimberly Potter trial (example: high school civics class studying the judicial system) or indirect connections (example: artistic expression to convey emotions).
    • School social workers and other adults are available each school day to support students that may need more individualized opportunities to process their feelings and experiences.

    Resources for families:

    • This article from National Public Radio provides ideas from child development experts about how parents and caregivers can support children in processing scary news or community events.
    • This article from Children’s Minnesota provides information about helping children heal following a traumatic event including ways to access therapeutic services.
    • Children respond to traumatic events in many different ways.  This article from the National Institute of Mental Health provides information on common responses to traumatic events by age group and ways parents and caregivers can help children navigate their feelings following traumatic events.
    • The city of Brooklyn Center is encouraging all residents to sign up for the CodeRed Emergency Response System.  This emergency notification system will be used to provide residents with time-sensitive information.
    • For mental health support or help with crisis, call Metro Crisis Response.
      • Children's Line: 1-612-348-2233
      • Adult's Line: 1-612-596-1223
      • Or call **CRISIS (274747) from anywhere in the State of Minnesota to reach the local county crisis team.
    • The Warmline is a non-profit and non-partisan organization, and an affiliate of Mental Health America. Visit MN Warmline  or call 877-404-3190 (toll free), or text "Support" to 85511.
    • For help with food, clothes, finance, health, and supplies, contact United Way. This is available 24/7, in all languages, and is confidential.
      • For online resources, visit their website.
      • Call toll-free: 800-543-7709
      • Call local: 651-291-0211
      • Text your zip code to 898-211**
    • Call the Hennepin County Resource line at 612-348-3000 between 8am-4:30pm on Mondays through Fridays. Help is available in multiple languages or online at Hennepin Waypoint.
    • View the NW Metro Family Service Collaborative resource guide.
    • Find information about youth shelters and service at Youth Services Network.
    • Call CEAP at 763-566-9600.
    • Contact Our Sister's Keeper at OurSistersKeeperMN@gmail.com or visit their webiste.
    • Call CAPI at 612-721-0122.
    • Contact ACER at 763-657-7711 or info@acerinc.org.
    • Visit Second Harvest.
    • Contact the Salvation Army at 612-522-4871.
    • Contact the Red Cross at 612-871-7676.
    • Contact West African Family and Community Services at 763-561-3042, ext. 117.
    • Contact Second Chance Project at 612-223-2282.
    • View the Twin Cities Mutual Aid MAP.
    • Visit the City of Brooklyn Center homepage for additional resources.
    • View additional community resources.

    Resources for students: