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Local Parents Talk about CT School Shooting Tragedy with Children

By: Jessica Cunnington Email
By: Jessica Cunnington Email

December 15, 2012

Parents all over the country are hugging their children a little tighter after the horrific events on Friday at Sandy Hook Elementary. Local parents are speaking out about how to address it to their children.

A nation horrified after one of the largest shootings in U.S. history, leaving 20 elementary school children dead. But what to say to your 10-year-old who comes home asking 'why'?

"When details started coming out she asked me, 'Mom, why did this happen? Why are there such bad people in the world? What could happen here?' It makes you really nauseous to think about it," said Orange resident Amanda Boggs, who is also a PTA mother.

Even adults may not fully understand the shooting but have to put into words for their children.

"I'm still dealing with what happened yesterday myself but when I do get my emotions together, I will talk to her about it," said Charlottesville resident Victoria Cabell.

"You never imagine something like that ever happening. And you don't want to think about it. I mean, I have a kindergartener," said Albemarle resident and mother of four Casey Verbrugge.

"We just went to her holiday chorus concert and it was wonderful to see 18 shining faces singing about Christmas and family, and you just could never picture that happening to them," she said.

Some let their child ask questions about it, and others reassure themselves and their kids to trust their teachers more than anything.

"Just stress to them that this is why we do drills in school with fires and scary things happening. Just listen to your teachers and do exactly what they say," Verbrugge said.

"It's unbelievable and I don't understand why but all you can do is pray and hope that no one else does this in the world," Bogg's 10-year-old daughter, Lexi, said.

"I think the biggest thing is to teach them that some things are out of our control. You can't change what happened. You can pray for the people it happened to and just hope that the world gets a little better," Boggs said.

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