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Baltimore school system awarded $2.3 million to help students recover from post-Freddie Gray trauma

The Baltimore city school system will receive a $2.3 million federal grant to help students recover from trauma following the unrest that erupted in West Baltimore in April 2015, officials announced Thursday.

The U.S. Department of Education announced that Baltimore was one of three districts — along with St. Louis and Chicago — to receive a federal Promoting Student Resilience grant this year.

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The grant was created for school districts to launch programs for students who have experienced trauma after demonstrations of mass protests or civil unrest, the department said in a release.

City school officials said the district will significantly expand its mental health services, including hiring full-time mental health professionals at 13 schools in the area where rioting and looting transpired following the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray, who died from injuries he sustained in police custody.

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