Tragedy in Newtown, CT

With the media spending all of their time not only focusing on the violence of today but rehashing and showing the violence of the past, an important part of our humanity is being ignored. What about the survivors? What about those who are watching from afar, especially the children? At this time, I have only found one local news source that spent any time dealing with how parents should go about talking to their children about the tragic events that occurred today. In contrast, some of the major media outlets have spent time interviewing children. To those journalists and parents who allowed these interviews to occur, I say shame on you. We need to put the children ahead of any personal desire for 15 minutes of fame or to beat a deadline. Not only have the horrific events and loss of innocent life today have made me sad but the reaction has truly tested my faith in humanity.

Please note that i f you have children and are watching the news coverage of this tragedy, be mindful of where your children are. If they are with you, turn the television off and spend quality time with your family.

What I am offering are links for parents and teachers to help with talking to children of all ages about such tragic events.

Helping Students Navigate a Violent World by Sean McCollum

National Association of School Psychologists Resources

American Psychological Association “Talking to Your Children About the Recent Spate of School Shootings”

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention “Coping with Stress”

SAMHSA Coping After Traumatic Events Helpline 1-800-985-5990

Listen, Protect and Connect: Psychological First Aid for Teachers and Schools (

Talking With Kids About News

Remember that for many who have survived tragedy, the media coverage of new tragedies may trigger emotional distress. There is nothing wrong with asking for help or needing someone to talk to.

I hope you find these resources helpful and I further hope that the media will focus on how to help the survivors and the rest of society deal with such a horrible act.

My thoughts and prayers go out to all of the families of the victims and survivors as they cope with this horrific event. My thanks go out to all of the first responders who risk their lives every day and face the horrors that some members of society insist on perpetrating on the innocent.


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