In December 2020, the Pamplin Media Group interviewed Dr. Stephanie Maya López, associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Oregon Health & Science University. She warned that we'd all been traumatized by the pandemic — by the deaths, the illnesses, the isolation, the scarcity of societal norms like hugs and handshakes — and she warned of a post-traumatic hit our community could expect to take.

Now a team of Pamplin Media Group reporters has proven that she was right. The trauma is here, and it's impacting public school students in a big way.