School counselor: keep conversations about school shooting simple, fact based

FILE - In this Friday, Dec. 14, 2012 file photo provided by the Newtown Bee, Connecticut State Police lead a line of children from the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. after a shooting at the school. (AP Photo/Newtown Bee, Shannon Hicks) MANDATORY CREDIT: NEWTOWN BEE, SHANNON HICKS

<strong>LOGAN– </strong>There is a new challenge facing parents and school teachers across the country as they face frightened children looking for reassurance and answers following Friday’s shooting that left  20 children dead at a Connecticut elementary school.

Launie Evans, a counselor in the Cache County School District. says children need to talk but she says it is best to keep the conversation simple and fact-based.

On KVNU’s For the People program, Evans said often children, and adults as well, relate things we hear to our own experiences.

“And so the conversation could start out talking about this specific thing that happened in Connecticut and then morph into something else that is just a feeling that has just come up,” Evans said. “It could be a loss of a pet, the loss of a grandparent or some other thing that the child has experienced that this is bringing up. That’s normal.

“Whatever it is your child wants to talk about is what you should talk about.”

Evans said some kids may not want to talk about it but as long as they know they can is important.

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