The money will help schools establish mental health, counseling and behavioral programs for students traumatized by "civil unrest." (AP Photo/David Goldman)

The Department of Education announced Thursday it will give more than $5 million to school districts in Baltimore, Chicago and St. Louis as part of a new discretionary grant program, called Promoting Student Resilience. The money will help schools establish mental health, counseling and behavioral programs for students traumatized by “civil unrest.”

“Violence tears at the fabric of a school community, and the long-term effects can be devastating,” Secretary of Education John King said in a statement. “The Department of Education is committed to addressing the mental health and social support needs of students who are impacted, directly or indirectly, by traumatic events in their communities.”

Baltimore will get nearly $2.4 million, while St. Louis and Chicago will get less than $1.5 million.

Jason Russell is a commentary writer for the Washington Examiner.

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