What to tell a child about school shootings

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In a school shooting, students and even adults often panic and that’s understandable.

7News went to the public on Friday for ideas, opinions and advice on preparing kids for what is becoming more and more prevalent.

There’s a fine line between making children afraid to go about their daily lives, and informing them of the dangers that are out there.

So the question was: “What should you tell a child about school shootings?

Shadyside, Stephanie Dvorak said, “I have told my daughter and the school administration in Shadyside that children need to be aware of what the procedure is during an active shooter or any kind of emergency situation. They need to practice the procedure.”

Bellaire, Richard Klempa said, “I would just tell them that if they see anything suspicious or anybody acting suspiciously that they should report it to the proper authorities, somebody in their school, talk to their teacher.”

Former Principal & Superintendent, Donald Donatelli said, “I took a gun off a student and that was really unbelievable at the time and now it almost seems it’s a monthly or bi-monthly thing that something’s happening at a school or a youngster comes in with a gun. You have to have rules, regulations.”

Several people spoke of religious beliefs, and said children should have a firm foundation to draw upon in times of trauma.

But most stressed the need for children to be trained and prepared in how to do whatever it takes in case of a school shooting.

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