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Farmington Schools: Limit Children's Exposure to School Shooting Coverage

How are you helping your children cope with the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT? Share your best advice in a comment.

Farmington Public Schools Supt. Susan Zurvalec this afternoon issued a statement aiming to reassure parents in the wake of  Friday morning. 

According to news reports, a man believed to have been in his 20s and who has not been officially identified opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Among the dead, 20 are children and six are adults. The gunman died at the school. 

"While we know that this is far away from Farmington Public Schools, we understand the emotions that everyone goes through when they hear such horrible news," Zurvalec wrote. 

She noted the district has "numerous protocols in place" to keep schools safe and a "comprehensive safety plan that includes an active District Crisis Response Team comprised of social workers and psychologists who are trained to handle the aftermath of emotions in response to crisis situations". Schools also practice multiple safety drills throughout the school year.

"Because this type of situation is hard for adults to comprehend, it is even harder for children to understand. It is suggested that you limit your child’s access to media coverage of this event," Zurvalec wrote.

How are you helping your children cope with this terrible news? Please share your best advice in the comments. 

Mollie Harms December 14, 2012 at 09:22 PM
Not talking about it doesn't seem like a good idea - children are going to hear about this one way or another, it should be from their parents who can control the message and inform them appropriately.
Joni Hubred-Golden December 15, 2012 at 04:25 AM
I agree, Mollie. I love this quote from Mr. Rogers that has been making its way around social media: "“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” To this day, especially in times of “disaster,” I remember my mother’s words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world.”
Tanya December 16, 2012 at 02:01 AM
My children and I found out listening to xmas music on the radio! (We have no TV) and then, every where we have gone since- I ended up talking to my children about the what if's. This madness can happen any where- this is the world we live in. I am very sorry for those families and will pray for them.

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