Mother uses “Golden Rule” to explain Orlando Shooting to Children

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For the last 24 hours we have seen and heard things from the Orlando mass shooting that are difficult for many to understand, but what about kids? How do we explain something to them we don’t even grasp? One mom in the Ohio Valley is tackling the topic with a strong message.

There are different elements to this mass shooting, such as homosexuality, homophobia, religious extremism, and now, gun control that it even more complicated. One mother of five says when her children ask questions, she plans to make it a learning experience.

“I’m just going to explain to them, for some reason, in this world, there are a lot of people who have a lot of hate in their heart and they act on it,” said Sarah Lamantia.

There are more than 100 people either dead or wounded because the went to a well-known gay bar Saturday night, and as the FBI and police continue to investigate, more details are being released about a possible motive.  

Lamantia adds that she has taught her children the “Golden Rule,” and it applies in this situation as well. 

“Treat people how you would want to be treated,” she said. “And regardless of their differences, regardless of their beliefs, regardless of their sexual orientation or religion, or anything like that. I just think everyone should just love more and hate less.”

Because her children are so spread out in age, ranging from 16 months to 11 years, explaining exactly what happen will differ by each child, but the lesson of love being greater than hate will be the takeaway for all five of them,

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