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School shootings have become an unfortunate fact of life in the U.S.
No matter how hard officials try to protect students or how many safeguards schools implement, gun violence is a sad and life-threatening reality in American classrooms.
If your child is a witness to a school shooting or knows someone who was, it might be time to address the issue head on and talk about the trauma.
Some children express their emotions when confronted with a stressful situation and others don’t.
Whatever the case, parents should be prepared to talk and, most importantly, listen to their children.
Atlanta social worker Juan Moore suggests parents continue to talk with their children about what happened for several days or weeks after the incident.
“Even if you think your child is alright, there can be a delayed response,” Moore said.
Here are some tips from the American Psychological Association for dealing with children and trauma: